Part of speech: noun

Absolute power; autocracy; tyranny.

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Usage examples "despotism":

  1. In the blank wilderness, created by a universal despotism, the craving for sympathy and mutual succour inspired a great social movement, which legislation was powerless to check. - "Roman Society from Nero to Marcus Aurelius", Samuel Dill.
  2. I had no reason to repent of my submission, for I enjoyed the despotism she exercised on me, and the pain she must be in that I did nothing to her, whilst I would not let her see the charms which she held in her hands. - "The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons", Jacques Casanova de Seingalt.
  3. Down fell the temple of despotism; but- despotism has not been buried in its ruins! - "Mary Wollstonecraft", Elizabeth Robins Pennell.