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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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When I have been travelling up and down on our boats, or about on my collecting tours, and reflected that every brutal, disgusting, mean, low-lived fellow I met, was allowed by our laws to become absolute despot of as many men, women and children, as he could cheat, steal, or gamble money enough to buy,--when I have seen such men in actual ownership of helpless children, of young girls and women,--I have been ready to curse my country, to curse the human race
Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things.
My works showed what a despot could do with the resources of a kingdom at his command.
I'll get admitted there, and I'll stir up mutiny; and you, three-tailed bashaw as you are, sir, shall in a trice find yourself fettered amongst our hands: nor will I, for one, consent to cut your bonds till you have signed a charter, the most liberal that despot ever yet conferred.
As if a benevolent despot might not by any error of judgment destroy his kingdom, and then say, like Romeo when he got his friend killed,
This great citizen, so liberal to the world about him, so kindly inspired with love for his native place, is a despot in his own house, and utterly devoid of conjugal affection.
If I were to meet that most unparalleled despot in the streets to-morrow, I would fell him like a rotten tree
She was a dreadful old despot, this princess; she could not allow equality in anything, not even in friendship of the oldest standing, and she insisted on treating Mrs.
Hilbery exclaimed, "what a wicked old despot you were, in your day
There was hardly any sort of bloodshed which I would not pardon in those days to the slayers of tyrants; and the swagger form of such as despatched a despot with a fine speech was so much to my liking that I could only grieve that I was born too late to do and to say those things.
In the meantime I puzzled why six thousand primitive savages let one degenerate Scotch despot live.
The skeleton of even the most lawless despot makes a good constitutional sovereign.