What does the word despot mean?

Usage examples for despot

  1. Her recklessness equals that of some ambitious military despot, to whom ten thousand or a hundred thousand dead soldiers count as nothing, if only the campaign be fought through to victory. – A Rambler's lease by Bradford Torrey
  2. Militza exclaimed that this must be none other than Zmay- Despot Vook, for he much resembled her magic lover the Zmay of Yastrebatz. – Hero Tales and Legends of the Serbians by Woislav M. Petrovitch