[ dih-spot-ik ]
/ dɪˈspɒt ɪk /


of, relating to, or of the nature of a despot or despotism; autocratic; tyrannical.

Nearby words

  1. despoliation,
  2. despond,
  3. despondency,
  4. despondent,
  5. despot,
  6. despotic monarchy,
  7. despotism,
  8. despumate,
  9. desquamate,
  10. desquamation

Also des·pot·i·cal.

Origin of despotic

1640–50; < French despotique < Greek despotikós. See despot, -ic

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for despotical



1640s, from French despotique (14c.), from Greek despotikos, from despotes (see despot). Related: Despotical; despotically.

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