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Synonyms for autocratic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. autocratic, bossy, dominating, high-and-mighty, magisterial, peremptory(adj)

    offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power

    "an autocratic person"; "autocratic behavior"; "a bossy way of ordering others around"; "a rather aggressive and dominating character"; "managed the employees in an aloof magisterial way"; "a swaggering peremptory manner"

    Synonyms:
    overlooking, authoritarian, despotic, ascendant, distinguished, dominating, commanding, magisterial, imposing, tyrannical, high-and-mighty, grand, bossy, tyrannic, ascendent, peremptory, dictatorial

    Antonyms:
    submissive, democratic

  2. authoritarian, autocratic, dictatorial, despotic, tyrannic, tyrannical(adj)

    characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty

    "an authoritarian regime"; "autocratic government"; "despotic rulers"; "a dictatorial rule that lasted for the duration of the war"; "a tyrannical government"

    Synonyms:
    tyrannical, despotical, overbearing, despotic, high-and-mighty, authoritarian, oppressive, bossy, dictatorial, magisterial, peremptory, tyrannous, dominating, tyrannic

    Antonyms:
    submissive, democratic

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. autocratic

    In the strict sense, absolute, free from all limitation or control, and supreme, superior to all, can not properly be said of any being except the divine. Both words are used, however, in a modified sense, of human authorities; absolute then signifying free from limitation by other authority, and supreme exalted over all other; as, an absolute monarch, the supreme court. Absolute, in this use, does not necessarily carry any unfavorable sense, but as absolute power in human hands is always abused, the unfavorable meaning predominates. Autocratic power knows no limits outside the ruler's self; arbitrary power, none outside the ruler's will or judgment, arbitrary carrying the implication of wilfulness and capriciousness. Despotic is commonly applied to a masterful or severe use of power, which is expressed more decidedly by tyrannical. Arbitrary may be used in a good sense; as, the pronunciation of proper names is arbitrary; but the bad sense is the prevailing one; as, an arbitrary proceeding. Irresponsible power is not necessarily bad, but eminently dangerous; an executor or trustee should not be irresponsible; an irresponsible ruler is likely to be tyrannical. A perfect ruler might be irresponsible and not tyrannical. Authoritative is used always in a good sense, implying the right to claim authority; imperative, peremptory, and positive are used ordinarily in the good sense; as, an authoritative definition; an imperative demand; a peremptory command; positive instructions; imperious signifies assuming and determined to command, rigorously requiring obedience. An imperious demand or requirement may have in it nothing offensive; it is simply one that resolutely insists upon compliance, and will not brook refusal; an arrogant demand is offensive by its tone of superiority, an arbitrary demand by its unreasonableness; an imperious disposition is liable to become arbitrary and arrogant. A person of an independent spirit is inclined to resent an imperious manner in any one, especially in one whose superiority is not clearly recognized. Commanding is always used in a good sense; as, a commanding appearance; a commanding eminence. Compare DOGMATIC; INFINITE; PERFECT.

    Synonyms:
    absolute, arbitrary, arrogant, authoritative, coercive, commanding, compulsive, compulsory, controlling, despotic, dictatorial, dogmatic, domineering, exacting, haughty, imperative, imperious, irresponsible, lordly, overbearing, peremptory, positive, supreme, tyrannical, unconditional, unequivocal

    Antonyms:
    accountable, complaisant, compliant, conditional, constitutional, contingent, docile, ductile, gentle, humble, lenient, limited, lowly, meek, mild, responsible, submissive, yielding

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. autocratic

    Synonyms:
    independent, arbitrary, despotic, irresponsible, absolute

    Antonyms:
    dependent, subordinate, re sponsible, constitutional, limited

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. autocratic(a.)

    Synonyms:
    absolute, despotic

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. autocratic(a)

    Synonyms:
    absolute, despotic, arbitrary

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "autocratic":

    authoritarian, dictatorial, totalitarian, despotic

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#7425distinguished
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#18362commanding
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#46809dogmatic
#47283unequivocal
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#61448dictatorial
#64264overbearing
#64686autocratic
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How to use autocratic in a sentence?

  1. Adam Smith:

    I remain gravely concerned about President Trump's seemingly autocratic rule and how it affects the judgment of our military leadership, the fate of our democracy depends on how we navigate this time of crisis.

  2. Pippa Norris:

    And then we had Brexit in the middle of 2016, and if that hadn't been held during the refugee crisis, I do think the results could have gone the other way, but we should remember that President Trump was both a consequence and a cause of the changes around that time. In Europe, autocratic populism was already rising.

  3. President Donald Trump:

    The administration seems to be on board with the strategy of pushing back against... Chinese claims whereas the President still seems to have his head in a somewhat different space and is looking for a cooperation with these major autocratic powers.

  4. Kristina Lunz:

    Autocratic leaders and toxic leaders are always the biggest threat to women's rights.

  5. Yuri Ganus:

    In our country with these traditions, autocratic and bureaucratic, the presidential level is needed to make decisions to change, i really hope that the time has come for serious changes.


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