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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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Ruling others despotically, subjecting their interests to one's own and denying them a role in the deliberation and decision-making that govern their lives, is ignoble and hence bad for the person who does it (VII.3, 1325a16-b23).
In the case of the former, the state acts despotically over society and in the case of the latter it co-ordinates activities through society.
(198) Primus, supra note 8, at 286; see also Amsterdam, supra note 154, at 411 ("[I]ndiscriminate searches and seizures are conducted at the discretion of executive officials, who may act despotically and capriciously....").
"I am the nephew and only descendant of the ill-famed Chancellor and Leader of Germany who today so despotically seeks to enslave the free and Christian peoples of the globe," William Patrick Hitler wrote in the letter.
During the past three decades, roughly 90 percent of SubSaharan Africa's leaders have behaved despotically, governed poorly, eliminated their people's human and civil rights, initiated or exacerbated existing civil conflicts, decelerated per capita economic growth and proved corrupt.
The raison d'etre (reason for existence) of Al-Qaida was that Muslim majority countries were being ruled illegally (un-Islamically) and despotically and the rulers were American lackeys.
For example, consolidated democracies should support foreign political parties and activists willing to foster democracy in despotically ruled countries rather than those who might be more congenial to their own national interests.
(6) If we emphasize his murders, robberies and slave trading, combined with his lordly arrogance, our hero more closely resembles the entitled pasha who despotically rules the neighboring fiefdom, blissfully oblivious to the rights of man.
In letters sent to a periodical in March and April 1911, he denounced the type of Jew who "is a traitor in France and a tyrant in England," (11) and stated that in "the case of Dreyfus" he was quite certain that "the British public was systematically and despotically duped by some power--and I naturally wonder, what power." (12) The following passage by the narrator of Manalive (1912) would seem to suggest that Chesterton's belief in the innocence of Jews suffering in Russian pogroms had also become somewhat ambivalent.
As Sokolon concludes, "Aristotle believes that shame compels the citizens to follow demands of justice internally, but most people do not feel similar shame when their government treats other peoples despotically or unjustly.
(110) Therefore, Satan not only rules despotically over the rebel angels but he is also the prince of the wicked men.
Meanwhile, the Marquis de Rays proclaimed himself King Charles I and came to believe that God had granted Divine guidance to rule despotically over his imaginary domain of La Nouvelle-France.