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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.); Dominance through threat of punishment and violence.

Usage examples (37)
  • Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.
  • Marx envisioned cooperation among all workers - the employed and unemployed - in labor unions as the means to destroy what he called the despotism of capitalism.
  • The difference between an understandable legislative process and despotism is transparency.
  • Yet the exercise of boundless despotism is happily checked by the laws of nature and necessity. for more
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