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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a cruel and oppressive dictator;
[syn: tyrant, autocrat, despot]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Despot \Des"pot\, n. [F. despote, LL. despotus, fr. Gr. despo`ths master, lord, the second part of which is akin to po`sis husband, and L. potens. See Potent.] 1. A master; a lord; especially, an absolute or irresponsible ruler or sovereign. [1913 Webster] Irresponsible power in human hands so naturally leads to it, that cruelty has become associated with despot and tyrant. --C. J. Smith. [1913 Webster] 2. One who rules regardless of a constitution or laws; a tyrant. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

despot n 1: a cruel and oppressive dictator [syn: tyrant, autocrat, despot]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

25 Moby Thesaurus words for "despot": Simon Legree, absolute monarch, absolute ruler, all-powerful ruler, arrogator, autarch, autocrat, caesar, commissar, czar, dictator, disciplinarian, driver, duce, hard master, martinet, oligarch, oppressor, pharaoh, slave driver, stickler, strong man, tyrant, usurper, warlord
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

DESPOT. This word, in its most simple and original acceptation, signifies master and supreme lord; it is synonymous with monarch; but, taken in bad part, as it is usually employed, it signifies a tyrant. In some states, despot is the title given to the sovereign, as king is given in others. Encyc. Lond.