Examples from the Web for despotic
The regime uses the day to tout the triumph of Islam over a despotic regime.
Another WikiLeaks spokesman was quoted as describing the Russian government as “despotic.”
They have been despotic because they ruled in an area where they had too much common sense to attempt to be constitutional.What I Saw in America|G. K. Chesterton
Char stopped in his immediate vicinity, and gave a couple of orders in her slow, despotic drawl.The War-Workers|E.M. Delafield
But the few circumstances that fell under our observation, rather contradicted than confirmed the idea of a despotic government.
In what despotic state has the injustice of precipitate decrees ever been thus ingenuously acknowledged and deplored?A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 4 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The government of England was now, in all points but one, as despotic as that of France.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Word Origin and History for despotic
1640s, from French despotique (14c.), from Greek despotikos, from despotes (see despot). Related: Despotical; despotically.