1. [ adjective ] (politics) ruled by or characteristic of a despot

"moved from a feudal to a despotic order" "his administration was arrogant and despotic"

Related terms: undemocratic
2. [ adjective ] belonging to or having the characteristics of a despot
Synonyms: despotical
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"

Related terms: undemocratic
Similar spelling:   despotical