noun. ['ˈdɛspəˌtɪzəm'] dominance through threat of punishment and violence.
Words that Rhyme with Despotism
Example sentences of the word despotism
1. Noun, singular or mass
He said that Asian countries tended toward despotism due to intemperate climates.
Quotes containing the word despotism
1. Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson
noun. ['ˈdɛspəˌtɪzəm'] a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.).
- police state
- one-man rule