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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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However, her name is more significant than her reception of a hortatory request--that is, her name is the feminine form of the Greek despotes, meaning master or lord (hence the English despot); thus, despoina means mistress or lady (in the sense of a woman of rank and perhaps of power).
Par consequent, ils appellent a recuperer leurs terrains et a punir les coupables et despotes.
Eric Despotes, Note, The Evidentiary Watershed: Recognizing a Post-Conviction Constitutional Right to Access DNA Evidence Under 42 U.S.C.
le fait d'un pays etrange, de despotes pervers, de fonctionnaires