despotic despotic  /dɪs ˈpɑ tɪk/


  1. (adj) belonging to or having the characteristics of a despot
  2. (adj) ruled by or characteristic of a despot
  3. (adj) characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty


  1. Reagan improved our economy and brought down despotic regimes, including the Soviet Union.
  2. And these media would present a peace-loving nation as a despotic one, only because it was guilty of seeking freedom.
  3. For years, much of the debate over Zimbabwe has been preoccupied with how much, and how publicly, to criticize its despotic longtime leader Robert Mugabe.


  1. BREAKING NEWS Brazil Raises Rate to 8.5% as Inflation Undermines Economy

    So, it hasn’t been the best week for Al Jazeera, the television network owned by Qatar’s despotic ruling family, for the same reason that it hasn’t been a great week for the despotic ruling family itself: the ouster of Egypt’s president, Mohamed Mursi, the bumpkin fundamentalist.
    on July 11, 2013     Source: Bloomberg

  2. Fortress Investments: The Positive Effects of the Arab Spring on Dubai’s Economy

    While much of the Middle East has been embroiled in an Arab Spring which has toppled despotic governments, usurped traditional power structures, and caused economic uncertainty, Dubai has emerged as a direct beneficiary of this revolution, given its security and role as a tourist and trade hub in the region.
    on July 10, 2013     Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "Some of my Democratic opponents have misplaced faith in Musharraf. Like the Bush administration, they cling to a misguided notion that Musharraf can be trusted as an ally to fight terrorism or to change his despotic ways," Richardson said in...
    on Dec 27, 2007 By: Bill Richardson Source: Reuters

  2. "It's almost despotic," Goodale told CBC News in an interview from Phoenix, Ariz. "Three times in three years and twice within one year, the prime minister takes this extraordinary step to muzzle Parliament. This time it's a coverup of what...
    on Dec 30, 2009 By: Ralph Goodale Source:

  3. Obama "continues to state his desire to sit down and negotiate with the most despotic and cruel dictators in the world," McCain said. "It's dangerous to America's national security if you sit down and give respect and prestige to leaders of...
    on May 20, 2008 By: John McCain Source: Rock Hill Herald

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