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Of or typical of a despot; tyrannical.‘a despotic regime’
autocratic, dictatorial, totalitarian, authoritarian, absolute, absolutist, arbitrary, unconstitutional, undemocratic, anti-democratic, uncontrolled, unaccountable, summaryone-party, single-party, autarchic, monocratictyrannical, oppressive, tyrannous, repressive, harsh, ruthless, merciless, draconian, illiberaldomineering, imperious, arrogant, high-handedView synonyms
- ‘Obeying no law, despotic authority was arbitrary, and its animating spirit was fear.’
- ‘Autocratic, theocratic, despotic regimes allow no political freedom, all thought is outlawed, and brute suppression is the norm.’
- ‘There is not a grain of evidence that primitive government was despotic and tyrannical.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘All it has done is replace one despotic tyrannical regime with another that is mildly better in some ways, and much worse in others.’
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