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Autocrat vs. Despot

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Autocratnoun

An absolute ruler with infinite power.

Despotnoun

A ruler with absolute power; a tyrant.

Autocratnoun

A title borne by some such monarchs, as in Byzantium and tsarist Russia.

Despotnoun

(historical) A title awarded to senior members of the imperial family in the late Byzantine Empire, and claimed by various independent or semi-autonomous rulers in the Balkans (12th to 15th centuries)

Autocratnoun

An absolute sovereign; a monarch who holds and exercises the powers of government by claim of absolute right, not subject to restriction; as, Autocrat of all the Russias (a title of the Czar).

Despotnoun

A master; a lord; especially, an absolute or irresponsible ruler or sovereign.

‘Irresponsible power in human hands so naturally leads to it, that cruelty has become associated with despot and tyrant.’;

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Autocratnoun

One who rules with undisputed sway in any company or relation; a despot.

‘The autocrat of the breakfast table.’;

Despotnoun

One who rules regardless of a constitution or laws; a tyrant.

Autocratnoun

a cruel and oppressive dictator

Despotnoun

a cruel and oppressive dictator

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