Definition of despotic in English:



  • Of or typical of a despot; tyrannical.

    ‘a despotic regime’
    • ‘There is not a grain of evidence that primitive government was despotic and tyrannical.’
    • ‘Obeying no law, despotic authority was arbitrary, and its animating spirit was fear.’
    • ‘Even if other nations wished to act selflessly on behalf of the oppressed by attacking a despotic state, the charter of the United Nations forbids it.’
    • ‘Autocratic, theocratic, despotic regimes allow no political freedom, all thought is outlawed, and brute suppression is the norm.’
    • ‘All it has done is replace one despotic tyrannical regime with another that is mildly better in some ways, and much worse in others.’
    autocratic, dictatorial, totalitarian, authoritarian, absolute, absolutist, arbitrary, unconstitutional, undemocratic, anti-democratic, uncontrolled, unaccountable, summary
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