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despotic

[dih-spot-ik]
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  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of a despot or despotism; autocratic; tyrannical.
Also des·pot·i·cal.

Origin of despotic

1640–50; < French despotique < Greek despotikós. See despot, -ic
Related formsdes·pot·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·des·pot·ic, adjectivenon·des·pot·i·cal·ly, adverbun·des·pot·ic, adjectiveun·des·pot·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for despotical

Historical Examples

  • And forfeiture gives the third despotical power to lords for their own benefit, over those who are stripped of all property.

    Second Treatise of Government

    John Locke

  • Dominion is acquired by generation or by conquest; the one parental, the other despotical.


Word Origin and History for despotical

despotic

adj.

1640s, from French despotique (14c.), from Greek despotikos, from despotes (see despot). Related: Despotical; despotically.

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