despot: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (des'put, -pot), [key]
— n.
  1. a king or other ruler with absolute, unlimited power; autocrat.
  2. any tyrant or oppressor.
  3. an honorary title applied to a Byzantine emperor, afterward to members of his family, and later to Byzantine vassal rulers and governors.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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