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or au·to·crat·i·cal

[aw-tuh-krat-ik or aw-tuh-krat-i-kuh l]
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  1. pertaining to or of the nature of autocracy or of an autocrat; absolute: autocratic government.
  2. like an autocrat; tyrannical; despotic; domineering: autocratic behavior; an autocratic person.
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Origin of autocratic

First recorded in 1815–25; autocrat + -ic
Related formsau·to·crat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for autocratic

domineering, imperious, arbitrary, dictatorial, tyrannical, absolute, bossy, despotic, driving, pushing, monocratic, tyrannous, all-powerful

Examples from the Web for autocratic

Contemporary Examples of autocratic

Historical Examples of autocratic

  • Cyrus is made to behave rather like the autocratic father of a goody story-book.



  • The answer was covered by the autocratic clang on the engine-room gong.

    End of the Tether

    Joseph Conrad

  • At present, an autocratic bureaucracy with no one man at the top.

    Equation of Doom

    Gerald Vance

  • Is it likely that such feel the autocratic pressure of their Tsar?

    Oswald Langdon

    Carson Jay Lee

  • They charged Susan with lust for power and autocratic control.

British Dictionary definitions for autocratic


  1. of or relating to an absolute and unrestricted ruler
  2. domineering or dictatorial
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Derived Formsautocratically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for autocratic


1823, from French autocratique, from autocrate, from Greek autokrates (see autocrat). Earlier autocratoric (1670s) was directly from Greek autokratorikos. Autocratical is attested from 1801.

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