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despotnoun [C]

uk   /ˈdes.pɒt/  us   /-pɑːt/
a ​person, ​especially a ​ruler, who has ​unlimitedpower 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
despotic
adjective uk   /dɪˈspɒt.ɪk/  us   /desˈpɑː.t̬ɪk/
a despotic ​government/​regime
despotically
adverb uk   /dɪˈspɒt.ɪ.kəl.i/  us   /desˈpɑː.t̬ɪ-/
despotism
noun [U] uk   /ˈdes.pə.tɪ.zəm/  us   /-t̬ɪ-/
After ​years of despotism, the ​country is now ​moving towards ​democracy.
(Definition of despot from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"despot" in American English

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despotnoun [C]

 us   /ˈdes·pət, -pɑt/
a ​ruler who has ​unlimitedpower and often uses it ​unfairly and ​cruelly
despotic
adjective  us   /desˈpɑt̬·ɪk, dɪs-/
a despotic ​regime
(Definition of despot from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “despot”
in Spanish déspota…
in Vietnamese kẻ chuyên quyền…
in Malaysian pemerintah yang berkuku besi…
in Thai นักเผด็จการ…
in French despote…
in German der Despot…
in Chinese (Simplified) 专横者,专制者(尤指统治者)…
in Turkish dediğim dedikçi, zorba, despot…
in Russian деспот…
in Indonesian despot…
in Chinese (Traditional) 專橫者,專制者(尤指統治者)…
in Polish despot-a/ka…
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