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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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Certainly, we cannot believe, with the Chorus, that Dalila is merely a manifest serpent and that if men would only rule their wives more despotically nothing would go amiss in the world.
Centeno found that South American states might have acted despotically towards their citizens, but have greatly lagged behind in their capacity to coordinate their societies.
Popes and kings alike ruled arbitrarily and despotically in the name of religion.
Today, democracy is so entrenched that there is no chance the government would act despotically in these ways.
Murray and Dollery (2006) comment that administrators sometimes acted despotically, without regard to logic and fairness, and the cost incurred of organisational restructures were often far in excess of any derived benefit.
198) Primus, supra note 8, at 286; see also Amsterdam, supra note 154, at 411 ("[I]ndiscriminate searches and seizures are conducted at the discretion of executive officials, who may act despotically and capriciously.
I am the nephew and only descendant of the ill-famed Chancellor and Leader of Germany who today so despotically seeks to enslave the free and Christian peoples of the globe," William Patrick Hitler wrote in the letter.
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.
The raison d'etre (reason for existence) of Al-Qaida was that Muslim majority countries were being ruled illegally (un-Islamically) and despotically and the rulers were American lackeys.
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.
In letters sent to a periodical in March and April 1911, he denounced the type of Jew who "is a traitor in France and a tyrant in England," (11) and stated that in "the case of Dreyfus" he was quite certain that "the British public was systematically and despotically duped by some power--and I naturally wonder, what power.