- I(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)II(Roget's IV) n.1. [Autocracy]2. [Tyranny]III(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. A government in which a single leader or party exercises absolute control over all citizens and every aspect of their lives: absolutism, autarchy, autocracy, dictatorship, monocracy, tyranny. See OVER, POLITICS. 2, Apolitical doctrine advocating the principle of absolute rule: absolutism, authoritarianism, autocracy, dictatorship, totalitarianism. See OVER, POLITICS. 3. Absolute power, especially when exercised unjustly or cruelly: autocracy, dictatorship, totalitarianism, tyranny. See OVER, POLITICS.
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despotism — mid 18c., from Fr. despotisme; see DESPOT (Cf. despot) + ISM (Cf. ism). All education is despotism. [William Godwin, Enquirer, 1797] … Etymology dictionary
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despotism — [[t]de̱spətɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT Despotism is cruel and unfair government by a ruler or rulers who have a lot of power. Syn: tyranny … English dictionary
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