despot despot  /ˈdɛ spət/


  • (n) a cruel and oppressive dictator


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  1. But it turns out that the 84-year-old despot was just slow off the mark in beginning the further strangulation of his own nation.
  2. When the despot boots up his PC, he finds that the millions of dollars he has hoarded in his Swiss bank account have been zeroed out.
  3. In a short string of remarkable days a crooked election was held and exposed; a dignified woman established her stature and leadership; a despot ranted, sweated, fled; a palace changed guard--all with a minimum of blood lust and an abundance of determination and common national will.



  1. "I am happy to vote to get rid of the states, I am happy to vote to get rid of the upper house, the lower house, I am happy to have me as a benevolent despot," Mr Costa said.
    on Jun 3, 2008 By: Michael Costa Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell called on the broadcaster to "pull the plug on this criminal despot, who ranks with Robert Mugabe, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and the Burmese military junta as one of the world's most bloody tyrants".
    on Dec 25, 2008 By: Peter Tatchell Source: Irish Times

  3. Mr. Tsvangirai called Mr. Mugabe a "power-crazed despot holding his people hostage to his delusions, crushing the spirit of his country and casting the international community as fools."
    on Jun 25, 2008 By: Morgan Tsvangirai Source: Wall Street Journal

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