Definition of “despot” - English Dictionary

“despot” in British English

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despotnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdes.pɒt/ /ˈdes.pət/
adjective uk /dɪˈspɒt.ɪk/ us /desˈpɑː.t̬ɪk/

a despotic government/regime
adverb uk /dɪˈspɒt.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /desˈpɑː.t̬ɪ.kəl.i/
noun [ U ] uk /ˈdes.pə.tɪ.zəm/ us /ˈdes.pə.tɪ.zəm/

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 unlimited power and often uses it unfairly and cruelly

adjective us /desˈpɑt̬·ɪk, dɪs-/

a despotic regime

(Definition of “despot” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)