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[dih-spot-ik] /dɪˈspɒt ɪk/
of, relating to, or of the nature of a despot or despotism; autocratic; tyrannical.
Also, despotical.
Origin of despotic
1640-50; < French despotique < Greek despotikós. See despot, -ic
Related forms
despotically, adverb
nondespotic, adjective
nondespotically, adverb
undespotic, adjective
undespotically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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
  • Boreas and Zephyrus often bear rule on the same day, one reigning with mildness in the morning, the other despotically at evening.

  • He was one of the five members of Parliament whom Charles I. so despotically and so unwisely attempted to seize.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • Whatever the question on which it decides, a new House of Commons can despotically and finally resolve.

  • Hitherto the human face had mixed often in my dreams, but not despotically, nor with any special power of tormenting.

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  • The revolutionary rgime with anti-Christian despoiling and leveling laws, is despotically applied.

Word Origin and History for despotically



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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