[ UK /dˈɛspətˌɪzəm/ ]
[ US /ˈdɛspəˌtɪzəm/ ]
  1. a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
  2. dominance through threat of punishment and violence
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How To Use despotism In A Sentence

  • 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.
  • Under the economic despotism that prevails in American business, they are subject to the diktat of their bosses.
  • 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.
  • Church is self-subsisting and not necessarily connected with what they call despotism, begin to regard it as a Divine institution and return to her fold. ' Life of Father Hecker
  • About the year 1728 the territory now known as Dahomey was subject to three native dynasties, one of which at that date conquered the other two and set up its own despotism under the present territorial designation. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery
  • We can see clearly the essence of despotism and the precarious nature of democracy.
  • The rationalist opposition replaced the murder of the imam with the triumph of reason as the barrier against despotism.
  • Today we define despotism (along with dictatorship and totalitarianism) as a form of government.
  • For it came into a world previously marked by despotism, by tyranny, by totalitarian control.
  • While the bombing is the biggest Mauritanian “story” to catch western media attention since the election Mauritanians are more concerned with other troubles related to legitimacy and creeping despotism. Global Voices in English » Mauritania Experiences First-Ever Suicide Bombing
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