despot


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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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Alfred who is as determined a despot as ever walked, does not pretend to this kind of defence;--no, he stands, high and haughty, on that good old respectable ground, the right of the strongest; and he says, and I think quite sensibly, that the American planter is `only doing, in another form, what the English aristocracy and capitalists are doing by the lower classes;' that is, I take it, appropriating them, body and bone, soul and spirit, to their use and convenience.
they have absolute control; they are irresponsible despots. There would be no use in interfering; there is no law that amounts to anything practically, for such a case.
When this is looked at next to the Russians' chemical attack in Salisbury then the UK is fast becoming a country without borders for despots who wish to kill troublesome dissidents.
But they are presented through their literary ambitions in Daniel Kalder's recently published Dictator Literature: A History of Despots Through Their Writing.
There are basic threads running through the actions of the old despot. Obasanjo has messianic delusions!
It's irreverent fun of the first order but it's the film's portrayal of the despot that gives the movie an inner steel, with Kim (Randall Park) portrayed as a lonely neurotic with daddy issues.
Who cares how Arab kings and sheiks, who fit nicely into the useful despot model, treat their own people or how they deny them even the most fundamental rights and freedoms?
Despots who oppress with secret tricks, make much use of this feeling.
and Bernadette Paton, eds, Communes and Despots in Medieval and Renaissance Italy, Farnham, Ashgate, 2010; hardback; pp.
Bahrain's King Hamad Al-Khalifa has been condemned as a despot by former Foreign Office minister Denis MacShane in the run up to the lunch.