despotism

  • 1 despotism — DESPOTÍSM s.n. Regim politic caracterizat prin puterea nelimitată şi guvernarea arbitrară, neîngrădită de nici o lege, a despotului; absolutism, tiranie, autocraţie; despoţie (1). ♦ fig. Comportare sau atitudine arbitrară; samavolnicie. – Din fr …

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  • 2 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 despotism — index oppression Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 despotism n. A form of govern …

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

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

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  • 6 despotism — [des′pə tiz΄əm] n. [Fr despotisme] 1. rule or domination by a despot; autocracy 2. the methods or acts of a despot; tyranny 3. a political system, state, etc. dominated by a despot …

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  • 7 Despotism — Part of the Politics series Basic forms of government Aristocracy Autocracy …

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  • 8 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… …

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  • 9 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

  • 10 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 …

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  • 11 despotism — despot ► NOUN ▪ a ruler with absolute power, especially one who exercises it in a cruel or oppressive way. DERIVATIVES despotic adjective despotism noun. ORIGIN Greek despot s master, absolute ruler …

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  • 12 despotism — noun Date: circa 1727 1. a. rule by a despot b. despotic exercise of power 2. a. a system of government in which the ruler has unlimited power ; absolutism b. a despotic state …

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  • 13 despotism — /des peuh tiz euhm/, n. 1. the rule of a despot; the exercise of absolute authority. 2. absolute power or control; tyranny. 3. an absolute or autocratic government. 4. a country ruled by a despot. [1720 30; < F despotisme. See DESPOT, ISM] * * * …

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  • 14 despotism — noun government by a singular authority, either a single person or tight knit group, which rules with absolute power Syn: tyranny See Also: despot, despotate, despotic …

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  • 15 despotísm — s. n …

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  • 16 despotism — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. dictatorship, autocracy, tyranny, oppression. See severity, authority, illegality. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Autocracy] Syn. absolutism, dictatorship, imperialism; see autocracy , government 2 . 2.… …

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  • 17 despotism — des|pot|is|m [ˈdespətızəm] n [U] rule by a despot …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 despotism — des|pot|ism [ despə,tızəm ] noun uncount the use of power in a cruel and unreasonable way: TYRANNY …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 despotism — • förtryck, tyranni, träldom, slaveri, despoti …

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  • 20 despotism — See absolutism …

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