|1.||[ adjective ] (politics) ruled by or characteristic of a despot|
"moved from a feudal to a despotic order" "his administration was arrogant and despotic"
|2.||[ adjective ] belonging to or having the characteristics of a despot|
|Related terms:||tyrant tyrant|
|3.||[ adjective ] (politics) characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty|
|Synonyms:||authoritarian tyrannical dictatorial autocratic|
"an authoritarian regime" "autocratic government" "despotic rulers" "a dictatorial rule that lasted for the duration of the war" "a tyrannical government"