Definition of despot noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

despot

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈdɛspət//
 
, NAmE//ˈdɛspɑt//
 
 
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a ruler with great power, especially one who uses it in a cruel way an enlightened despot (= one who tries to use his/her power in a good way)
NAmE//dɛˈspɑt̮ɪk//
 
, NAmE//dɪˈspɑt̮ɪk//
 
adjective despotic power/rule
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