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Synonyms for despotism
ˈdɛs pəˌtɪz əmdespo·tism

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  1. despotismnoun


  2. despotismnoun

    government by a singular authority, either a single person or tight-knit group, which rules with absolute power


Princeton's WordNet

  1. absolutism, tyranny, despotismnoun

    dominance through threat of punishment and violence

    shogunate, totalism, dictatorship, authoritarianism, one-man rule, absolutism, tyranny, monocracy, totalitarianism

  2. dictatorship, absolutism, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyrannynoun

    a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)

    shogunate, totalism, dictatorship, authoritarianism, one-man rule, tyranny, absolutism, monocracy, totalitarianism

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  1. despotismnoun

    autocracy, absolutism, dictatorship, tyranny, absolute power, arbitrary rule

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. despotismnoun

    absolutism, autocracy, tyranny

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  1. List of paraphrases for "despotism":

    high-handedness, arbitrariness, tyranny, authoritarianism

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  1. Herbert Spencer:

    If men use their liberty in such a way as to surrender their liberty, are they thereafter any the less slaves If people by a plebiscite elect a man despot over them, do they remain free because the despotism was of their own making

  2. Michel Foucault:

    Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.

  3. Walter Bagehot:

    Under a Presidential government, a nation has, except at the electing moment, no influence; it has not the ballot-box before it; its virtue is gone, and it must wait till its instant of despotism again returns.

  4. Lyndon B. Johnson:

    As it was 189 years ago, so today the cause of America is a revolutionary cause. And I am proud this morning to salute you as fellow revolutionaries. Neither you nor I are willing to accept the tyranny of poverty, nor the dictatorship of ignorance, nor the despotism of ill health, nor the oppression of bias and prejudice and bigotry. We want change. We want progress. We want it both abroad and at homeand we aim to get it.

  5. Fisher Ames:

    Liberty has never lasted long in a democracy, nor has it ever ended in anything better than despotism.

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