despotism despotism  /ˈdɛ spə ˌtɪ zəm/


  1. (n) dominance through threat of punishment and violence
  2. (n) a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)


  1. One flaw in Webster's abstract definitions: areas of despotism can exist in a democracy, and he doesn't say so.
  2. Soviet despotism has attained a rapid rate of industrialization, Dulles conceded, partly due to the use of forced labor.
  3. But, in the context of Africa's worst countries, 200 deaths, despotism, brutality and the corruption of the regime elite is all too usual.


  • A quote for the 4th

    By Tribune-Review “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.” Thomas Jefferson ...
    on July 4, 2013     Source: The Mckeesport Daily News


  1. "America has put on a new face, but its heart full of hate, mind drowning in greed, and spirit which spreads evil, murder, repression and despotism continue to be the same as always," al-Zawahri stated.
    on Nov 19, 2008 By: Osama bin Laden Source: Monsters and

  2. "When foreign nations discard despotism and undertake to reform their judicial systems," Roberts wrote, "they look to the United States judiciary as the model for securing the rule of law."
    on Mar 21, 2008 By: John Roberts Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

  3. And here come those pesky chains, which are indeed nowhere in the Constitution; Thomas Jefferson warned us that "confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism. In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him...
    on Mar 8, 2004 By: Thomas Jefferson Source: The Chattanoogan

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