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Definition of Despotism

Despotism

  1. The power, spirit, or principles of a despot; absolute control over others; tyrannical sway; tyranny.
  2. A government which is directed by a despot; a despotic monarchy; absolutism; autocracy.

Despotism Quotations

The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.
George Washington

Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Alexander Hamilton

Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences; wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.
Barry Goldwater

Any government, that is its own judge of, and determines authoritatively for the people, what are its own powers over the people, is an absolute government of course. It has all the powers that it chooses to exercise. There is no other or at least no more accurate definition of a despotism than this.
Lysander Spooner

Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.
Michel Foucault
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Despotism Translations

despotism in French is despotisme
despotism in German is Despotismus
despotism in Spanish is despotismo
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