Definition of autocratic in English:



  • 1Relating to a ruler who has absolute power.

    ‘the constitutional reforms threatened his autocratic power’
    • ‘An autocratic regime had survived, but the confidence and the security it had once possessed had cracked.’
    • ‘As President he had power and patronage enough to secure by intimidation and bribery the promulgation of a constitution which gave him autocratic power.’
    • ‘Even the most autocratic regime must, at the very least, concern itself with popular disorder.’
    • ‘Other political figures insisted that no changes be made to the autocratic 1945 constitution that gives the president wide powers.’
    • ‘Friedrich was an autocratic ruler; he gave his ministers and generals no real responsibility.’
    • ‘The upsurge of hundreds of thousands of ordinary people forced the government out, destroyed a centuries-old autocratic monarchy and ended the war.’
    • ‘A global democracy where most of the world is excluded by their own autocratic rulers is scarcely worth having.’
    • ‘Remember how the autocratic ruler managed to cling on to power after a controversial war, and waged long and bloody battles against the French?’
    • ‘The attempts to subvert the constitution and establish an autocratic form of rule have been on the agenda for quite some time.’
    • ‘Aid to autocratic regimes often fuels corruption and impedes reform.’
    • ‘It has often been termed a socialistic empire, for it was an aristocratic and autocratic socialism, not a democratic one.’
    • ‘This time democratic rather than autocratic states are determining the shape of the new world.’
    • ‘But in other areas there will be total chaos because none of these autocratic rulers have any line of succession.’
    • ‘That's why in dictatorships or autocratic regimes those in power move quickly to suppress a free press.’
    • ‘It will not be possible for anything like these figures to go through unless the Government takes autocratic powers, and uses them to the full.’
    • ‘Before the elections, no objections had been aired about the party's constitution or its autocratic structure.’
    • ‘These are dictatorial and autocratic procedures.’
    • ‘Democratic movements had started out with the noble intentions of ending the tyranny of autocratic rulers.’
    • ‘Elsewhere in the world, when autocratic or undemocratic regimes have passed away, audiences for foreign radio always go into steep decline as the local media improve.’
    • ‘It was deployed by autocratic rulers as an instrument of deep and vast social control.’
    monocratic, undemocratic, totalitarian, authoritarian
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    1. 1.1Taking no account of other people's wishes or opinions; domineering.
      ‘a man with a reputation for an autocratic management style’
      • ‘Sources tell me that this autocratic style led to managerial paralysis in the party and that the current leadership are doing their best to sort it all out.’
      • ‘The president's resort to autocratic methods is above all directed against the working class.’
      • ‘Pre-conceived notions and autocratic style quite often increases the distance between children and parents.’
      • ‘But his autocratic style has landed him in trouble with shareholders.’
      • ‘No surprise that long-serving board members have recently opted out, rather than to bow to this autocratic style.’
      • ‘The Ambulance Service has been condemned in an official report for having autocratic management and out of date equipment.’
      • ‘An autocratic leadership style and a seeming unwillingness to take advice is not helpful either.’
      • ‘His autocratic style made him extremely unpopular, and most of his achievements turned out to be temporary.’
      • ‘These autocratic managers quickly punish any underling who would begin to demand an ethical basis for work and production.’
      • ‘His autocratic style contributed to deepening financial problems.’
      • ‘Indeed there is scientific evidence that shows men seek and use autocratic power to gain sex.’
      • ‘He was also aloof, autocratic and lacking in managerial skills.’
      • ‘His autocratic and sometimes divisive style also made him few friends at the top end of town, and even his supporters say his government was losing touch.’
      • ‘But his critics say he has needlessly antagonized professors with his autocratic style.’
      • ‘It is a creative company with a particular style set by a charismatic and autocratic leader.’
      • ‘But her ‘domineering, autocratic style’ and her sometimes volatile temperament are also highlighted.’
      • ‘True, they were perfectly willing to overlook his autocratic management when the share price was rising.’
      • ‘Such an autocratic style of leading a family leads to repression and suppression giving rise to feelings of discontentment and unhappiness.’
      • ‘He was increasingly criticized for his autocratic and obstinate style of leadership.’
      • ‘But his autocratic style proved ill adapted to the turbulence of the 1960s.’
      despotic, tyrannical, oppressive, repressive
      dictatorial, totalitarian, autarchic, absolute, all-powerful, arbitrary
      undemocratic, anti-democratic, one-party, monocratic
      illiberal, domineering, doctrinaire, dogmatic, draconian, overweening, overbearing, bossy, high-handed, peremptory, imperious, harsh, strict, severe, rigid, inflexible, unyielding
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