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despotism

noun

1 despotism

Dominance through threat of punishment and violence.

synonyms: absolutism, tyranny.

Roget 737: authority; influence, patronage, power, preponderance, credit, prestige, prerogative, jurisdiction; right etc. (title) 924; direction ... show more

Roget 964: lawlessness; illicitness; breach of law, violation of law, infraction of the law; disobedience etc. 742; unconformity etc. 83.    arbitrariness etc. adj.; ... show more

Polish: apodyktyczność, despotyczność, despotyzm



2 despotism

A form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.).

synonyms: absolutism, authoritarianism, Caesarism, dictatorship, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny.

Roget 739: severity; strictness, harshness etc. adj.; rigor, stringency, austerity; inclemency etc. (pitilessness) 914.1; arrogance etc. ... show more

Dutch: stalinisme, tyrannie, totalitarisme, absolutisme, alleenheerschappij, autocratie, despotisme, dictatuur, dwingelandij, monocratie ... show more
Polish: autorytaryzm


Moby thesaurus: Caesarism, Stalinism, absolute monarchy, absolutism, argumentum baculinum, autarchy, authoritarianism, autocracy, benevolent despotism, big stick, czarism, dictatorship, domination, domineering, fascism, heavy hand, high hand, iron boot, iron hand, iron heel ... show more.

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