One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A ruler who has absolute power.‘he is one of those pitiable petty autarchs who habitually lord it over children and helpless underlings’
- ‘But in the old Citadel in the enormous city, they still exist: two Masters, some journeymen and the apprentices, all locked up in their tower, doing the biddings of the judges and the autarchs, inflicting pain and ending lives.’
- ‘Early in his essay, the editor makes it clear that his warning is against all autarchs.’
- ‘It's an anarchic assemblage of petty autocracies with numerous additional charismatic nobles advising the autarchs.’
Early 19th century: from Greek autarkhos, from autos ‘self’ + arkhos ‘leader’.
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