Definition for DES'POT

DES'POT, n. [Gr. δεσποτης, a master or lord; It. despoto; Fr. despote; Sp. despoto.]

An emperor, king, or prince, invested with absolute power, or ruling without any control from men, constitution, or laws. Hence, in a general sense, a tyrant. – Burke.

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