1. [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.
Irresponsible power in human hands so naturally
leads to it, that cruelty has become associated with
despot and tyrant. --C. J. Smith.
2. One who rules regardless of a constitution or laws; a
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a cruel and oppressive dictator [syn: tyrant, autocrat,
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,
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.