- an absolute ruler, especially a monarch who holds and exercises the powers of government as by inherent right, not subject to restrictions.
- a person invested with or claiming to exercise absolute authority.
- a person who behaves in an authoritarian manner; a domineering person.
Origin of autocrat
Examples from the Web for autocrat
These reforms were mostly designed to reassure Sunnis and Kurds that Maliki would not become an autocrat.How Iran and America Can Beat ISIS Together
Ben Van Heuvelen
June 21, 2014
Nothing humbles an autocrat quite like the need to grub for votes.Memo: The Aaron Sorkin Model of Political Discourse Doesn't Actually Work
April 23, 2013
The implicit obedience this autocrat commanded set them in a whirl.Scaramouche
It appeased and disarmed this anarchist who was also an autocrat.The Paliser case
She has always had the germ of the ruler and autocrat in her soul.Fair to Look Upon
Mary Belle Freeley
The Irish Minister for Agriculture by no means rules as an autocrat.Home Rule
But when this autocrat had made up his mind, objections were brushed aside.The Story of Russia
R. Van Bergen, M.A.
- a ruler who possesses absolute and unrestricted authority
- a domineering or dictatorial person
Word Origin and History for autocrat
1803, from French autocrate, from Greek autokrates "ruling by oneself, absolute, autocratic," from autos- "self" (see auto-) + kratia "rule," from kratos "strength, power" (see -cracy). First used by Robert Southey, with reference to Napoleon. An earlier form was autocrator (1789), used in reference to the Russian Czars. Earliest form in English is the fem. autocratress (1762).