[ UK /dˈɛspɒt/ ]
[ US /ˈdɛspət/ ]
  1. a cruel and oppressive dictator
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How To Use despot In A Sentence

  • Mao was your typical twentieth century despot, and only moon-eyed Communists would beg to differ. Chairman Mao in a Dress Not Funny?
  • Machiavelli was a chief target of the philoso - phes because he preached an amoralistic selfishness which promoted despotic arbitrariness. MACHIAVELLISM
  • As in so much else, the French revolutionary regime was the precursor of the centralized, totalitarian, managerial, pseudo-democratic despotisms that now reign over the West.
  • History is littered with despots and psychopaths, murderous dullards, evil geniuses, deadly incompetents, calamitous brutes of all descriptions.
  • Under the economic despotism that prevails in American business, they are subject to the diktat of their bosses.
  • He won power in an election that year and consolidated his position in an imperial coup of 1851 after which his government arrested agitators to deport them and he became a hated despot, the enemy of republicanism.
  • One more sour and intransigent despot finds his end.
  • This comic operetta tells the story of a South Sea Island despot who wishes to anglicise his island by importing all things English.
  • I've written before of an earlier generation of MPs who were unabashed propagandists for Stalin, and there is an inglorious tradition of Labour MPs who serve the propaganda interests of despotism.
  • In totalitarian states absolute control of information and the armed forces is the key to the survival of the despot.
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