1. [ noun ] (government) dominance through threat of punishment and violence
Synonyms: tyranny absolutism
Related terms: dominance
2. [ noun ] (politics,government) a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
Synonyms: dictatorship tyranny Stalinism monocracy Caesarism one-man_rule shogunate totalitarianism authoritarianism absolutism
Related terms: autocracy police_state
Similar spelling:   despot