What does the word despotic mean?

Usage examples for despotic

  1. And thousands wished that they might call up even the most despotic king who ever sat upon the throne of France, from his grave, to drive back that most terrible of all earthly despotisms, the despotism of a mob. – Madame Roland, Makers of History by John S. C. Abbott
  2. Despotic governments are always curious about public opinion; they dread while affecting to despise it. – The Fortunes Of Glencore by Charles James Lever