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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

Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.
Abraham Lincoln

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
Thomas Jefferson

Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.
Thomas Jefferson

We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
Thomas Jefferson

The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.
Thomas Jefferson
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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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