Des"po*tism (?), n. [Cf. F. despotisme.]


The power, spirit, or principles of a despot; absolute control over others; tyrannical sway; tyranny.

"The despotism of vice."



A government which is directed by a despot; a despotic monarchy; absolutism; autocracy.

Despotism . . . is the only form of government which may with safety to itself neglect the education of its infant poor.
Bp. Horsley.


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