Join our early testers! See how your sentence looks with different synonyms. The legislator must purify them, and if he be not a despot he will find this task to be a difficult one. Or if there is a despot, 'tis the king's jester, who laughs at the king as well as all his subjects. Isn't it almost enough to justify a man like Rossi that he has to meet a despot like that? He had dethroned the despot, and the honors were his by right of conquest. His tone was exactly that of a despot dismissing his slaves. It was to her that for which a despot is recorded to have longed in vain—a new pleasure.
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Normally, that entity is an individual, the despot, as in an autocracy , but societies which limit respect and power to specific groups have also been called despotic. Colloquially, the word despot applies pejoratively to those who use their power and authority to oppress their populace, subjects, or subordinates. More specifically, the term often applies to a head of state or government. In this sense, it is similar to the pejorative connotations that are associated with the terms tyrant and dictator. The English dictionary defines despotism as "the rule of a despot; the exercise of absolute authority. The root despot comes from the Greek word despotes , which means "master" or "one with power.