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despot

noun [C] uk   /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
Powerful people and dictators
despotic
adjective uk   /dɪˈspɒt.ɪk/ us    /desˈpɑː.t̬ɪk/
a despotic government/regimeSystems of government
despotically
adverb uk   /dɪˈspɒt.ɪ.kəl.i/ us    /desˈpɑː.t̬ɪ-/
Systems of government
despotism
noun [U] uk   /ˈdes.pə.tɪ.zəm/ us    /-t̬ɪ-/
After years of despotism, the country is now moving towards democracy.Systems of government
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