Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: adjective

Of or like a despot or despotism; tyrannical.

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Usage examples "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", John S. C. Abbott.
  2. Despotic governments are always curious about public opinion; they dread while affecting to despise it. - "The Fortunes Of Glencore", Charles James Lever.
  3. The sick boy was sweetly despotic in his little kingdom. - "The Higher Court", Mary Stewart Daggett.