Definition of despotic in US English:



  • Of or typical of a despot; tyrannical.

    ‘a despotic regime’
    • ‘All it has done is replace one despotic tyrannical regime with another that is mildly better in some ways, and much worse in others.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Autocratic, theocratic, despotic regimes allow no political freedom, all thought is outlawed, and brute suppression is the norm.’
    • ‘Obeying no law, despotic authority was arbitrary, and its animating spirit was fear.’
    autocratic, dictatorial, totalitarian, authoritarian, absolute, absolutist, arbitrary, unconstitutional, undemocratic, anti-democratic, uncontrolled, unaccountable, summary
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