Origin of despotism
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Examples from the Web for despotism
The problem is that “this dude” does more than “one thing”—unless Rodman is referring to despotism generally, which I doubt.Ping-Pong Diplomacy Not An Option? Try Ding-Dong Diplomacy
January 12, 2014
In his time, in the ashes of world war, another critical part of the world was torn between democracy and despotism.Full Transcript/Video of Mitt Romney’s Foreign Policy Speech at the VMI
October 8, 2012
Rouzbeh and Trita Parsi on the revolutionary government's return to despotism.What's Happening in Iran
The Daily Beast
February 11, 2010
In an intractable country, despotism and the cynical short-term maneuver are big temptations.Gandhi Family Feud
April 12, 2009
Many black men were gathered at the behest of Louis Farrakhan, the clown prince of despotism.Obama Vs. Farrakhan
November 1, 2008
Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy or to despotism.
A bondman's change from the tyranny of another to the despotism of himself.
The chief of a nation that prefers the pestilence of despotism to the plague of anarchy.
This kind of despotism was first attacked when the slaves found spokesmen.Freeland
Yet even the Will of Omnipotence is subject to the despotism of causation.Old-Fashioned Ethics and Common-Sense Metaphysics
William Thomas Thornton
- the rule of a despot; arbitrary, absolute, or tyrannical government
- arbitrary or tyrannical authority or behaviour
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Word Origin and History for despotism
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Unlimited political rule by one person.
The term usually suggests unscrupulous rule, or tyranny.
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