- despotic monarchy,
Origin of despot
Examples from the Web for despots
The Castros are the latest in a long line of despots he believed he could negotiate with.
These affinities are arguably at the heart of the 40-year dalliance of Iranian and Syrian despots.
As the trial continues, one thing is certain: Both the despots and ordinary people will be watching closely.
The children of despots often hasten their fathers' downfall.
True, there are some Muslims who are fascist, but why blame Islam for the tyranny of despots?
Italian despots gained their power by violence and wielded it with craft.Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series|John Addington Symonds
A despot always has his good moments; an assembly of despots never.Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary|Voltaire
Leamington seems largely under subjection to that triumvirate of despots—the Butler, the Coachman and the Gardener.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 1 of 14|Elbert Hubbard
A despot has always some good moments; an assemblage of despots, never.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 10 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
To be sure, in the eyes of superficial observers, the despots with these few favourites will appear perfectly happy and enviable.
Word Origin 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.