EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DESPOTIC
What peace can he have with those over whom he exercises his despotic sway?
Nor have the terms of truce been yet devised, on which the despotic ruler may rely with confidence.
Punishment is ever prompt in this country, and despotic methods prevail.
In all countries custom has much power; but in the East it is despotic.
What a rebel against authority you are for one so despotic yourself!
These monsters ruled France for a time with the most despotic sway.
The President had condemned this order as illegal and despotic.
She was not harsh or despotic, but careless and indifferent.
But these few now do it, not by despotic power, but only by influence; so all may be free.
So ended the despotic rule of gentlemen adventurers in the far north.
1640s, from French despotique (14c.), from Greek despotikos, from despotes (see despot). Related: Despotical; despotically.