Definition of despotism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdespətɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdespətɪzəm//
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the rule of a despot Word Origin early 18th cent.: from French despotisme, from despote, via medieval Latin from Greek despotēs ‘master, absolute ruler’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: despotism