despotic

[dih-spot-ik]
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adjective

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

Also des·pot·i·cal.

Origin of despotic

1640–50; < French despotique < Greek despotikós. See despot, -ic
Related formsdes·pot·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·des·pot·ic, adjectivenon·des·pot·i·cal·ly, adverbun·des·pot·ic, adjectiveun·des·pot·i·cal·ly, adverb
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despotic

adj.

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

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