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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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One fell into a condition where everything acted against the natural tendency, and the other where everything acted for it; and so one turned out a pretty wilful, stout, overbearing old democrat, and the other a wilful, stout old despot. If both had owned plantations in Louisiana, they would have been as like as two old bullets cast in the same mould."
Alfred who is as determined a despot as ever walked, does not pretend to this kind of defence;--no, he stands, high and haughty, on that good old respectable ground, the right of the strongest; and he says, and I think quite sensibly, that the American planter is `only doing, in another form, what the English aristocracy and capitalists are doing by the lower classes;' that is, I take it, appropriating them, body and bone, soul and spirit, to their use and convenience.
So his henchmen are putting pressure on the factory workers of one of the world's poorest countries to donate what little money they have to help with the upkeep of the dead despots' bodies.
I am sure the insurance company might have a justification for refusing to pay." His contact is [emailprotected]LESSON FOR DESPOTS: The fall of several dictators, including Sudanese despot Omar al-Bashir, Robert Mukirae says, "marks a watershed moment in African politics".
Salman, Putin, Jong-un Trump has proven again he loves his despots.
When this is looked at next to the Russians' chemical attack in Salisbury then the UK is fast becoming a country without borders for despots who wish to kill troublesome dissidents.
But they are presented through their literary ambitions in Daniel Kalder's recently published Dictator Literature: A History of Despots Through Their Writing.
Additional toxicology tests would require exiting the airport, which I can only do with my valid Kenyan passport - a document the despots illegality confiscated and destroyed in violation of Justice Kimaru's order.
Edcel Lagman on Tuesday said the Libingan ng mga Bayani is a place for heroes, not for despots and plunderers, in opposing President Rodrigo Duterte's go-signal to give the dictator Ferdinand Marcos a hero's burial.
Comedians and sporting and show business personalities make a nice living on the after-dinner speaking circuit and Tony Blair has made millions from lectures and advising despots.
Presently the unelected leaders of the Arab world, from the generals and despots of North Africa to the petromonarchs of the Gulf, see the Muslim Brotherhood and fellow travellers such as Hamas as a more potent threat to their own rule than the Israel defence forces.