Definition of despotic in English:



  • Of or typical of a despot; tyrannical.

    ‘a despotic regime’
    • ‘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.’
    autocratic, dictatorial, totalitarian, authoritarian, absolute, absolutist, arbitrary, unconstitutional, undemocratic, anti-democratic, uncontrolled, unaccountable, summary
    one-party, single-party, autarchic, monocratic
    tyrannical, oppressive, tyrannous, repressive, harsh, ruthless, merciless, draconian, illiberal
    domineering, imperious, arrogant, high-handed
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