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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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In this way, because some individuals in more intensely despotic groups are likely to survive and reproduce, the group itself may survive (although the number of its members decreases during periods of diminished food availability).
Montesquieu also argues that despotic fear can coexist--and even depend upon--mediating institutions, the rule of law, and a dense civil society.
It centers on obedience and fealty, submission and docility--all qualities that work well in a despotic system.
Remember, Julius Ceaser and Napoleon were supposed to save their republics from despotic rulers.
An extension to the Dali museum in Figueras is alive to the spirit of the dead artist whose despotic power dominates.
Their courtship was kept a close secret from Elizabeth's despotic father, of whom she stood in some fear.
Henshall emphasizes the role of consultation and consent, the absence of autocratic and despotic tendencies.
They were also habitat for the large game populations that were strictly protected by despotic territorial rulers who had the sole fight to hunt.
Alienated from zair despotic chief executives, unable to own ze product of zair programmink, zey vill wreak a terrible vengeance on ze bourgeoisie.
This play, like many of Lope's works, is a protest against the capricious and despotic feudal nobility and upholds the dignity of the middle class.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Mar 10 (ANI): In a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi led BJP government, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Sunday said that the ensuing Lok Sabha elections will herald a new era as "five years of chaotic, despotic and destructive dispensation will finally conclude."
The plantation was owned by a Charity Ampong at the village of Balit in San Luis town who was accused by rebels of being 'despotic' to her workers.