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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. autocratic, bossy, dominating, high-and-mighty, magisterial, peremptoryadjective

    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, tyrannicaladjective

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. autocraticadjective

    Synonyms:
    absolute, despotic

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. autocraticadjective

    Synonyms:
    absolute, despotic, arbitrary

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "autocratic":

    authoritarian, dictatorial, totalitarian, despotic

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How to use autocratic in a sentence?

  1. Lindsey Graham:

    Don't think Congress is going to look away if Lindsey Graham's( bin Salman) making the world a more dangerous place. We are not going to give an autocratic leader a pass.

  2. Noam Chomsky:

    The consistent anarchist should be a socialist, but a socialist of a particular sort. He will not only oppose alienated and specialized labor and look forward to the appropriation of capital by the whole body of workers, but he will also insist that this appropriation be direct, not exercised by some elite force acting in the name of the proletariat. Some sort of council communism is the natural form of revolutionary socialism in an industrial society. It reflects the intuitive understanding that democracy is largely a sham when the industrial system is controlled by any form of autocratic elite, whether of owners, managers, and technocrats, a vanguard party, or a State bureaucracy.

  3. Michael Cole:

    The developments in Russia demonstrate the assumptions that autocratic leadership will always make rational decisions have been thoroughly destroyed by Vladimir Putin -- in Vladimir Putin decision to invade Ukraine, it does not mean that Xi Jinping will tomorrow decide to use force against Taiwan because Xi Jinping friend in Moscow decided to do so against Ukraine.

  4. Yusuf Muftuoglu:

    These long-term investor circles do not really care how autocratic Turkey becomes, because they are already working with countries such as Saudi and others around the world with bad records on human rights, in more strategic circles, the question is will Turkey be part of a new rising eastern bloc and turn away from the West. As long as it remains somewhere in between, the political risk is seen as manageable.

  5. Brian Stelter:

    I know lots of people like to kick Facebook, especially when it's down, it's an incredibly powerful company that deserves a lot of scrutiny, but we're only talking about these rules and these regulations and these questions because of the former president's misconduct, because of his autocratic streak. I just want to remember that is why this is on the table in the first place.


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