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NOUN (2)

1. dominance through threat of punishment and violence;
[syn: absolutism, tyranny, despotism]

2. a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.);
[syn: dictatorship, absolutism, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Despotism \Des"po*tism\, n. [Cf. F. despotisme.] 1. The power, spirit, or principles of a despot; absolute control over others; tyrannical sway; tyranny. "The despotism of vice." --Byron. [1913 Webster] 2. A government which is directed by a despot; a despotic monarchy; absolutism; autocracy. [1913 Webster] Despotism . . . is the only form of government which may with safety to itself neglect the education of its infant poor. --Bp. Horsley. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

despotism n 1: dominance through threat of punishment and violence [syn: absolutism, tyranny, despotism] 2: a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.) [syn: dictatorship, absolutism, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

34 Moby Thesaurus words for "despotism": Caesarism, Stalinism, absolute monarchy, absolutism, argumentum baculinum, autarchy, authoritarianism, autocracy, benevolent despotism, big stick, czarism, dictatorship, domination, domineering, fascism, heavy hand, high hand, iron boot, iron hand, iron heel, kaiserism, monarchy, monocracy, one-man rule, one-party rule, oppression, paternalism, reign of terror, repression, suppression, terrorism, thought control, totalitarianism, tyranny
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

DESPOTISM, government. That abuse of government, where the sovereign power is not divided, but united in the hands of a single man, whatever may be his official title. It is not, properly, a form of government. Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. tit. prel. n. 32; Rutherf Inst. b. 1, c. 20, Sec. 1. Vide Tyranny; Tyrant.