Despotism
Despotism Des"po*tism, n. [Cf. F. despotisme.] 1. The power, spirit, or principles of a despot; absolute control over others; tyrannical sway; tyranny. ``The despotism of vice.'' --Byron. [1913 Webster]

2. A government which is directed by a despot; a despotic monarchy; absolutism; autocracy. [1913 Webster]

Despotism . . . is the only form of government which may with safety to itself neglect the education of its infant poor. --Bp. Horsley. [1913 Webster]


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  • despotism — mid 18c., from Fr. despotisme; see DESPOT (Cf. despot) + ISM (Cf. ism). All education is despotism. [William Godwin, Enquirer, 1797] …   Etymology dictionary

  • despotism — [n] absolute power authoritarianism, autocracy, dictatorship, tyranny; concept 133 …   New thesaurus

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  • despotism — /despatizam/ That abuse of government where the sovereign power is not divided, but united and unlimited in the hands of a single man, whatever may be his official title. It is not, properly, a form of government. Despotism is not exactly… …   Black's law dictionary

  • despotism — /despatizam/ That abuse of government where the sovereign power is not divided, but united and unlimited in the hands of a single man, whatever may be his official title. It is not, properly, a form of government. Despotism is not exactly… …   Black's law dictionary

  • despotism — Synonyms and related words: Caesarism, Stalinism, absolute monarchy, absolutism, argumentum baculinum, autarchy, authoritarianism, autocracy, benevolent despotism, big stick, czarism, dictatorship, domination, domineering, fascism, heavy hand,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • despotism — [[t]de̱spətɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT Despotism is cruel and unfair government by a ruler or rulers who have a lot of power. Syn: tyranny …   English dictionary

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