Despotism

Definition of Despotism

Des´po`tism
n.1.The power, spirit, or principles of a despot; absolute control over others; tyrannical sway; tyranny.
2.A government which is directed by a despot; a despotic monarchy; absolutism; autocracy.
Despotism . . . is the only form of government which may with safety to itself neglect the education of its infant poor.
- Bp. Horsley.

Related Words

Caesarism, Stalinism, absolute monarchy, absolutism, argumentum baculinum, autarchy, authoritarianism, autocracy, benevolent despotism, big stick, czarism, dictatorship, domination, domineering, fascism, heavy hand, high hand, iron boot, iron hand, iron heel, kaiserism, monarchy, monocracy, one-man rule, one-party rule, oppression, paternalism, reign of terror, repression, suppression, terrorism, thought control, totalitarianism, tyranny
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