The Castros are the latest in a long line of despots he believed he could negotiate with.
These affinities are arguably at the heart of the 40-year dalliance of Iranian and Syrian despots.
True, there are some Muslims who are fascist, but why blame Islam for the tyranny of despots?
As the trial continues, one thing is certain: Both the despots and ordinary people will be watching closely.
The children of despots often hasten their fathers' downfall.
Not high birth, certainly—for some of the despots of English society are sprung from the dunghill.
The trouble with all despots, good or bad, is that their rule is entirely personal.
Few indeed have been the despots who have refrained from acts of cruelty, or who have uniformly been governed by reason.
Constitutional princes are seldom deposed; but despots were often deposed.
They eagerly sought for the young prince, who bore a name which despots have ever feared.
1560s, "absolute ruler," from Old French despot (14c.), from Medieval Latin despota, from Greek despotes "master of a household, lord, absolute ruler," from PIE *dems-pota-; for first element see domestic (adj.); second element cognate with Latin potis, potens (see potent).
Faintly pejorative in Greek, progressively more so as used in various languages for Roman emperors, Christian rulers of Ottoman provinces, and Louis XVI during the French Revolution. The female equivalent was despoina "lady, queen, mistress," source of the proper name Despina.