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despot

noun [C]     /ˈdes.pɒt/ US  /-pɑːt/
a person, especially a ruler, who has unlimited power over other people, and often uses it unfairly and cruelly: an evil despot The king was regarded as having been an enlightened despot. → See also tyrantPowerful people and dictators despotic     /dɪˈspɒt.ɪk/ US  /desˈpɑː.t̬ɪk/ adjective a despotic government/regimeSystems of government despotically     /dɪˈspɒt.ɪ.kəl.i/ US  /desˈpɑː.t̬ɪ-/ adverb Systems of government despotism     /ˈdes.pə.tɪ.zəm/ US  /-t̬ɪ-/ noun [U] After years of despotism, the country is now moving towards democracy.Systems of government
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