Definition of autocrat in English:

autocrat

noun

  • 1A ruler who has absolute power.

    ‘like many autocrats, Franco found the exercise of absolute power addictive’
    • ‘Like every autocrat who has ever seized power, she insisted that she had no alternative but to sack a corrupt and treacherous government.’
    • ‘Somewhere even the dictators and autocrats who send ambassadors to dialogue with ambassadors from free states know that to be true.’
    • ‘Political leaders, especially autocrats and dictators, have always used writing for propaganda purposes.’
    • ‘Mind, one would not call them politicians; one would call them despots, or autocrats.’
    • ‘As revolution spread to Palermo, Milan and Naples it seemed as if the people of Italy could break the domination of the myriad of foreign rulers and domestic autocrats.’
    • ‘Instead, he seeks to change it by promoting liberty, freedom, and eventual democracy in countries ruled by autocrats.’
    • ‘They established a framework for a strongly authoritarian government and placed no limitations on the powers of the autocrat.’
    • ‘Such security measures have always been associated with autocrats who are profoundly aware of the depth of the popular hatred they arouse.’
    • ‘In other cases, autocrats have been forced to introduce modest political changes but have nonetheless managed to limit their scope and hold on to power.’
    • ‘It will always contain dictators, autocrats and murderous opportunists who will seek power and its spoils without regard for the death and suffering of others.’
    • ‘The ageing autocrat obviously intended to remain in power at any cost and by any means.’
    • ‘Peace required a deeply conservative political order, built on a single party, run by a paternal autocrat.’
    • ‘In order to justify the internal repression that is inherent in non-democratic rule, dictators and autocrats must mobilize their nation for wars against both internal and external enemies.’
    • ‘We understand we are making the terrorists, dictators and autocrats nervous.’
    • ‘And it is evidence, observers say, that sustained political engagement, party training, and civil-society building can eventually bring down autocrats.’
    • ‘It has been suggested so far that the more popular or media-centred depiction of the prime minister as an autocrat may be more of a caricature than an accurate portrait.’
    • ‘Democrats can build state capacity, probably more effectively than autocrats.’
    • ‘The fact that the extremists and autocrats have had to resort now to unspeakable violence shows how much they have failed to win the war of ideas.’
    • ‘And he was, if you like, an absolute autocrat, a ruler.’
    • ‘An autocrat like Genghis Khan who imposes his will on others, without any reference to principles, does not operate in the realm of justice.’
    absolute ruler, dictator, despot, tyrant, monocrat
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    1. 1.1 An imperious person who insists on complete obedience from others.
      ‘Eva was an autocrat—people didn't argue unless they had a lot of courage’
      • ‘Harvey totally looked and acted the role of bureaucratic autocrat.’
      • ‘The rights of individuals are no longer inalienable, nor are their persons inviolable; all depends on the good will of the Commander, the military autocrat.’
      • ‘Whereas the former was a Machiavellian autocrat with a fascist background, the latter is a straightforward, consensus-driven and politically moderate.’
      • ‘But, in corporations, the autocrats who run these places can't leave people on their own.’
      • ‘In other words, churches had been razed on the basis of an untruth, while the laity - who generally opposed changes mandated by clerical autocrats - were expected to foot the bill.’
      • ‘On the other hand, if it all goes wrong, he might turn out to be just one more erratic autocrat relying on nationalist rhetoric and the spoils system to stay in power.’
      authoritarian, totalitarian, nazi, extreme right-winger, far right-winger, rightist, blackshirt, militarist
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Origin

Early 19th century: from French autocrate, from Greek autokratēs, from autos ‘self’ + kratos ‘power’.

Pronunciation

autocrat

/ˈɔːtəkrat/