despotism definition

  • noun:
    • Rule by or just as if by a despot; absolute power or expert.
    • what of a despot; tyranny.
    • A government or political system in which the ruler exercises absolute power: "Kerensky has a place in history, of a brief interlude between despotisms” ( William Safire).
    • A state therefore ruled.
    • federal government by one authority, either a single individual or tight-knit group, which guides with absolute energy
    • The power, nature, or maxims of a despot; absolute control of others; tyrannical sway; tyranny.
    • A government which is directed by a despot; a despotic monarchy; absolutism; autocracy.
    • Absolute energy; authority limitless and out of control by constitutional restrictions, and depending just from the will associated with prince: because, the despotism of Louis XIV.
    • An arbitrary federal government; the guideline of a despot; absolutism; autocracy.
    • Figuratively, absolute power or controlling influence.
    • Synonyms Despotism, Tyranny, Autocracy, Absolutism. Every one of these terms imply absolute power. Tyranny may be the punishment of absolute energy, legal or usurped, and implies oppression. Despotism, in its earlier in the day but still frequent definition, cannot necessarily suggest either regard or disregard for welfare associated with the subject; but there is also a tendency to give it essentially the exact same definition as tyranny, using absolutism or autocracy in which an unfavorable definition is not intended. See oppression.
    • prominence through threat of discipline and violence
    • a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or regulations or opposition etc.)

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