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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Despot  \Des"pot\,  n.  [F.  despote,  LL  despotus  fr  Gr 
  despo`ths  master,  lord,  the  second  part  of  which  is  akin  to 
  po`sis  husband,  and  L.  potens.  See  {Potent}.] 
  1.  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.  --C.  J.  Smith. 
 
  2.  One  who  rules  regardless  of  a  constitution  or  laws;  a 
  tyrant. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  despot 
  n  :  a  dictator  or  dictatorial  person  [syn:  {tyrant},  {autocrat}] 




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