Meaning of autocrat

au•to•crat

Pronunciation: (ô'tu-krat"), [key]
— n.
  1. an absolute ruler, esp. a monarch who holds and exercises the powers of government as by inherent right, not subject to restrictions.
  2. a person invested with or claiming to exercise absolute authority.
  3. a person who behaves in an authoritarian manner; a domineering person.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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