• WordNet 3.6
    • adj despotical belonging to or having the characteristics of a despot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Despotical Having the character of, or pertaining to, a despot; absolute in power; possessing and abusing unlimited power; evincing despotism; tyrannical; arbitrary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Despotical pertaining to or like a despot: having absolute power: tyrannical
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  • Mary Mccarthy
    “Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.”
  • Michel Foucault
    “Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.”
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    “A good constitution is infinitely better than the best despot.”
  • John Stuart Mill
    “The despotism of custom is everywhere the standing hindrance to human advancement.”
  • Walter Bagehot
    “So long as war is the main business of nations, temporary despotism -- despotism during the campaign -- is indispensable.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. despotiko`s: cf. F. despotique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. despot—Low L. despotus—Gr. despotēs, a master.


In literature:

He knew it was as near to a concession as the despot could come.
"For Woman's Love" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
A family cannot exist without despotism.
"The Physiology of Marriage, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
That Solon might easily have made himself despot admits of little doubt.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1" by Various
They succumbed to despots, and from Italian despotism emerged the Machiavellian conception of the State.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
There is much to be said in favor of despotic government after all.
"The Next of Kin" by Nellie L. McClung
In all lands it was hailed as the end of despotism and the triumph of democracy and freedom.
"Bolshevism" by John Spargo
Nor would two neighboring despotic governments, with laws of equal severity.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The despot is the government.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Rivers of blood had flowed to free her from despotism, and France was held by a power more despotic than that of Richelieu or of Louis XIV.
"A Short History of France" by Mary Platt Parmele
A man must be careful to whom he talks of French despots, or despotism.
"Paris: With Pen and Pencil" by David W. Bartlett
A despot is not a God.
"Superstition In All Ages (1732)" by Jean Meslier
He had given evidence of despotism, but also of an earnest spirit.
"South America" by W. H. Koebel
The despotism of a class appeared to Robespierre and Petion as odious as the despotism of a king.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
Superstition is eaten away by the strong acid of liberty, and spiritual despotism flies affrighted from the broken loyalty of its metropolis.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
But this leads, at length, to a more formal and permanent despotism.
"Key-Notes of American Liberty" by Various
The war may last long, and the military spirit generated by the war may in its turn generate despotic aspirations.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
Even military despotism is better than disorder.
"Concerning Justice" by Lucilius A. Emery
Domino first, and Despot third, is the way I figure it ought to come.
"Checkers" by Henry M. Blossom
Superstition reigned over hearts and consciences with a fearfully despotic sway.
"Hernando Cortez" by John S. C. Abbott
The Reverend Nicholas Bowen, D.D., headmaster of Saint Kirwin's, ruled that institution with a sway that was absolutely and entirely despotic.
"Haviland's Chum" by Bertram Mitford

In poetry:

Where wilt thou meet so fond a breast ;
Where rule with such despotic pow'r ;
Who now will lull thy cares to rest,
And gently watch thy slumb'ring hour ?
"The Forsaken Husband" by Laura Sophia Temple
How shall my blood-shedders repent,
When the nation's hot wrath is out poured!
The freed world will hail the event,
And the pride of its despots be lowered.
"Brandreth's Soliloquy In Prison." by Samuel Bamford
So spake Zorobabel—thus Woman's praise
Avail'd again Jerusalem to raise,
Call'd forth the sanction of the Despot's nod,
And freed the Nation best belov'd of God.
"The Triumph Of Woman" by Robert Southey
Those but the Despot or minion behold,
Panting for glory, or thirsting for gold;
Those have not power to wake in the heart
Thrills of the rapture thy beaties impart.
"To The Pearl Vested Spikenard" by Henry Pelham Holmes Bromwell
The donjon stands by the turbid river,
But Time is crumbling its battered towers;
And the slow light withers a despot's powers,
And a mad king's curse is not forever!
"The Curse Of Hungary" by John Hay
Emporers and kings! in vain you strive
Your torments to conceal—
The age is come that shakes your thrones,
Tramples in dust despotic crowns,
And bids the sceptre fail.
"The Republican Genius Of Europe" by Philip Morin Freneau

In news:

Despot , Mr MF'n eXquire, Killer Mike, El-P. KEXP 90.3 FM - where the music matters.
Despot , Mr MF'n Exquire, Killer Mike and El-P crowd into the KEXP studio and trade the mic for a formidable set of thumping, infectious singles live on Street Sounds.
With unfavorable economic winds, polls continuing to slide in favor of his opponent, his various communication strategies failing, and the mainstream media wavering, Obama seems to me to be acting more and more like a despot .
True, he's playing a vicious, murderous, despotic boob, but he's playing a vicious, murderous, despotic boob with a latent nice streak.
Blue Dogs lose their bite, Albright's new memoir, and a despot 's First Lady (read-this roundup).
Police in Cambodia broke up a protest Sunday that was meant to highlight the oppression of Cambodia's people by political figures, including allegedly by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and the late despot Pol Pot.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Police have broken up a protest aimed at highlighting oppression of Cambodia's people by political figures including former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and the late despot Pol Pot.
The despotic Head of State rules over the Land of Evil with a band of sinister minions, insects and rotted vegetables.
UN Desktops-for-Despots Scandal Symptomatic of Intellectual Property Extremism.
Tocqueville and the Despotic Majority.
Of course, the Russian tsars weren't quite despots.
Observers search for a suitable analogy—the next Bosnia, another Somalia—to the shaky, predatory despotism of Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku wa za Banga.
Their basic freedoms , they believed, were always at stake in governments that history had shown could turn despotic overnight, particularly with such a broad-based intelligence weapon.
The West has been in denial about President Mohamed Morsi, who has deftly built the apparatus of despotism to consolidate power.
A Soviet despot's shit rolling downhill.

In science:

Chinese history is characterised by repeated transitions from despotism to anarchy and back .
Generalized models as a universal approach to the analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems
The period 285–395 AD forms part of what is known as the Dominate, the despotic later phase of the empire.
Empirical likelihood-based tests for stochastic ordering
The social contract is a basic of all civilization. On the most extensive meaning, Montesquieu proposed that any law is a necessity relation. This is an expansion of the natural law. According to Montesquieu s principle, political system classifies democracy, monarchy and despotism.
Synergetic Application, Equations on Rule of Law and Two-Party Mechanism