despot

[ des-puh t, -pot ]SEE DEFINITION OF despot

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DESPOT

Other arts were employed by the despot for the attainment of his desires.

The legislator must purify them, and if he be not a despot he will find this task to be a difficult one.

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.

Or if there is a despot, 'tis the king's jester, who laughs at the king as well as all his subjects.

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.

And down with the power of the despot,Wherever his strongholds may be.

"Oh, I don't mean this guy's a tyrant or despot," he added quickly.

At command of that minute despot I began to toil frenziedly.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, "absolute ruler," from Old French despot (14c.), from Medieval Latin despota, from Greek despotes "master of a household, lord, absolute ruler," from PIE *dems-pota-; for first element see domestic (adj.); second element cognate with Latin potis, potens (see potent).

Faintly pejorative in Greek, progressively more so as used in various languages for Roman emperors, Christian rulers of Ottoman provinces, and Louis XVI during the French Revolution. The female equivalent was despoina "lady, queen, mistress," source of the proper name Despina.

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