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despot

1. Politics an absolute or tyrannical ruler; autocrat or tyrant
2. History a title borne by numerous persons of rank in the later Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires
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During the past three decades, roughly 90 percent of SubSaharan Africa's leaders have behaved despotically, governed poorly, eliminated their people's human and civil rights, initiated or exacerbated existing civil conflicts, decelerated per capita economic growth and proved corrupt.
6) If we emphasize his murders, robberies and slave trading, combined with his lordly arrogance, our hero more closely resembles the entitled pasha who despotically rules the neighboring fiefdom, blissfully oblivious to the rights of man.
For example, consolidated democracies should support foreign political parties and activists willing to foster democracy in despotically ruled countries rather than those who might be more congenial to their own national interests.
110) Therefore, Satan not only rules despotically over the rebel angels but he is also the prince of the wicked men.
Purportedly run by the draconian professor Arne Hammer, the AWK represented a period of punishing compulsiveness (consider the eighty-four paintings of hats presented here, despotically exacted from the imagined pupils, a roll call of Gasiorowski's more successful contemporaries).
Rather, a core function of the law is to ensure that power is not despotically exercised.
It was also suggestive of a despotically governed state of affairs, and of the emerging manipulative forces in the process of Nigeria's historical development in the period of modern state formation and nation-building since 1914.
It is not that the people in today's America, the UK and other Western nations have lost their voice, but they have certainly lost to their own leaders who they elected democratically to be ruled dictatorially and despotically.