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Despotism

Des´po`tism
n.1.The power, spirit, or principles of a despot; absolute control over others; tyrannical sway; tyranny.
2.A government which is directed by a despot; a despotic monarchy; absolutism; autocracy.
Noun1.despotism - dominance through threat of punishment and violence
Synonyms: absolutism, tyranny
2.despotism - a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)

DESPOTISM, government. That abuse of government, where the sovereign power is not divided, but united in the hands of a single man, whatever may be his official title. It is not, properly, a form of government. Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. tit. prel. n. 32; Rutherf Inst. b. 1, c. 20, Sec. 1. Vide Tyranny; Tyrant.

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, kaiserism, monarchy, monocracy, one-man rule, one-party rule, oppression, paternalism, reign of terror, repression, suppression, terrorism, thought control, totalitarianism, tyranny
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