Examples from the Web for despot
This is the sort of delusion that sets in when a despot confuses himself with the state after too long in power.Putin’s Sochi and Hitler’s Berlin: The Love Affair Between Dictators and the Olympic Games.|Garry Kasparov|February 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hundreds have “martyred” themselves fighting Syrian despot Bashar al Assad.
From the start, we see him as he is: a despot and a swindler, a Dallas blue-blood with FBI ties, fleeing a violent past.
This is the first time a Latin American despot has faced trial for such charges in his own country.Trial of an American Ally: Ghosts of Foreign Policy Past in Guatemala|Constantino Diaz-Duran|March 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
First she writes, “Obama refuses to draw the red line that will serve to stop the evil intentions of the Iranian despot.”
Moreover, your subjects—for, to be candid, you are a despot—seem to like you.
A despot always has his good moments; an assembly of despots never.Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary|Voltaire
The same thing was attempted by Pelopidas, but the despot was too quick for him, and he perished without succeeding in his effort.Plutarch's Lives, Volume II|Aubrey Stewart & George Long
Before the despot reached his castle, Tell had waylaid him and sent an arrow to his heart.Letters from Switzerland|Samuel Irenus Prime
Mamercus now was forced to take refuge in Messina with Hippo, the despot there.Plutarch's Lives, Volume I (of 4)|Plutarch
British Dictionary definitions for despot
Word Origin for despot
Word Origin and History for despot
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.