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Definition of Despot

Despot

  1. A master; a lord; especially, an absolute or irresponsible ruler or sovereign.
  2. One who rules regardless of a constitution or laws; a tyrant.

Despot Quotations

Be assured, fellow citizens, that in a democracy it is the laws that guard the person of the citizen and the constitution of the state, whereas the despot and the oligarch find their protection in suspicion and in armed guards.
Aeschines

The single despot stands out in the face of all men, and says: I am the State: My will is law: I am your master: I take the responsibility of my acts: The only arbiter I acknowledge is the sword: If any one denies my right, let him try conclusions with me.
Lysander Spooner

The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets.
Eric Hoffer

Neither a life of anarchy nor one beneath a despot should you praise; to all that lies in the middle a god has given excellence.
Aeschylus

If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.
Frank Herbert
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Despot Translations

despot in Dutch is despoot, dwingeland
despot in French is despote
despot in German is Despot
despot in Swedish is despot
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