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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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Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things.
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
My mother never could endure him, nor I; but he obtained an entire ascendency over my father; and this man was the absolute despot of the estate.
One fell into a condition where everything acted against the natural tendency, and the other where everything acted for it; and so one turned out a pretty wilful, stout, overbearing old democrat, and the other a wilful, stout old despot.
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.
My works showed what a despot could do with the resources of a kingdom at his command.
I meant to say, in short, that though you are benevolent and judicious you are none the less a despot.
In a few months he gave up the task, and little more than a year later the people who had wept at the death of the great Protector, were madly rejoicing at the return of a despot.
When second rate, trying hard henchmen of despots copycat their serious predecessors in history, the outcome is almost always a farce.
Edcel Lagman on Tuesday said the Libingan ng mga Bayani is a place for heroes, not for despots and plunderers, in opposing President Rodrigo Duterte's go-signal to give the dictator Ferdinand Marcos a hero's burial.
Comedians and sporting and show business personalities make a nice living on the after-dinner speaking circuit and Tony Blair has made millions from lectures and advising despots.
Presently the unelected leaders of the Arab world, from the generals and despots of North Africa to the petromonarchs of the Gulf, see the Muslim Brotherhood and fellow travellers such as Hamas as a more potent threat to their own rule than the Israel defence forces.