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despotic

[dih-spot-ik]
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adjective
  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 despotically

Historical Examples

  • But the voice continued to haunt him persistently, besiegingly, despotically.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • The same had been despotically true of the patristic period.

  • “Taboo” reigns as despotically in these islands as it does in New Zealand.

    The Human Race

    Louis Figuier

  • Then, growing weary again, she told him despotically that he must stop.

    East Angels

    Constance Fenimore Woolson

  • The question was simply whether the House had the right to despotically arrest and imprison, and to supersede trial by jury.

    Old and New London

    Walter Thornbury


Word Origin and History for despotically

despotic

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper