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Meaning & Definition of Despotism in English

English

Despotism

/dɛspətɪzəm/

noun

1. Dominance through threat of punishment and violence

    synonym:
  • absolutism
  • ,
  • tyranny
  • ,
  • despotism

2. A form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)

    synonym:
  • dictatorship
  • ,
  • absolutism
  • ,
  • authoritarianism
  • ,
  • Caesarism
  • ,
  • despotism
  • ,
  • monocracy
  • ,
  • one-man rule
  • ,
  • shogunate
  • ,
  • Stalinism
  • ,
  • totalitarianism
  • ,
  • tyranny