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Dictionary definition for: Despotic

1. (a) belonging to or having the characteristics of a despot

2. (s) ruled by or characteristic of a despot; "moved from a feudal to a despotic order" "his administration was arrogant and despotic"

3. (s) characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty; "an authoritarian regime" "autocratic government" "despotic rulers" "a dictatorial rule that lasted for the duration of the war" "a tyrannical government"

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