autocrat

[ aw-tuh-krat ]
/ ˈɔ təˌkræt /

noun

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

1795–1805; < Greek autokratḗs self-ruling, ruling alone, equivalent to auto- auto-1 + krat- (stem of krátos power) + -ēs adj. suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for autocrat

autocrat

/ (ˈɔːtəˌkræt) /

noun

a ruler who possesses absolute and unrestricted authority
a domineering or dictatorial person
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Word Origin and History for autocrat

autocrat


n.

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).

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