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DESPOT. This word, in its most simple and original acceptation, signifies master and supreme lord; it is synonymous with monarch; but, taken in bad part, as it is usually employed, it signifies a tyrant. In some states, despot is the title given to the sovereign, as king is given in others. Encyc. Lond.

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As early as 1902, Benois was somewhat acidly referring to Nietzsche as "a German thinker who despotically fills (zapolnit) all contemporary Russian thinking" (Benua 1902c, 44), and while we do not know for certain whether Benois read Nietzsche's 1888 work on Wagner, we do know that Benois was a devotee of Wagner and designed the theatre decorations for his opera "Twilight of the Gods," which premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1902.
19) In light of other texts in Romans, Johnson observes that Paul presents sin and idolatry as ruling despotically over human beings--and ruling so powerfully that only the gift of the Holy Spirit can conquer it.
The local nobility often behaved despotically, and ordinary people's lives, by today's standards, were "nasty, brutish, and short.
S-sponsored tyrants like Mubarak, in a purely self-serving manner, do the bidding of America and Israel at the expense of their fellow Arabs; whether acting impassively as Lebanon burned in 2006, inhumanly by participating in the siege of Gaza, or despotically against their own people.
When the measures are pompously, hastily, undemocratically and despotically taken, with the sole objective of total control through removing existing personnel, how can we expect right, popular, effective and lasting aid?
What wearer of a 'kingly crown' could more despotically have dealt with a question of such vital importance to the nation?
During the past three decades," Rotberge wrote, "roughly 90% of sub-Saharan African leaders have behaved despotically, governed poorly, eliminated their people's human and civil rights, initiated or exacerbated existing civil conflicts, decelerated per capital economic growth, and proved corrupt".
The shtetl he depicts is a place of petty vindictiveness where the rich despotically lord it over the poor, abusing religious law to pursue personal vendettas.