Noun(1) a cruel and oppressive dictator
(1) Here's a case where a POW was likely murdered, yet they are the same ones insisting that we leave the despot in power.(2) They have been consistent in their demands for firm international action to force the despot from power.(3) Like anyone else fleeing tyranny, many Muslims came to this country to escape the dictates of despots religious or otherwise.(4) The famous treason statute of 1352, which had spelt out what was (and by exclusion, was not) treason, appeared not to cover, except by a big leap, what the earl had done in ruling despotically in Ireland.(5) I believe aid to sub-Saharan Africa comes mainly from poor Europeans and ends up in the pockets - or Swiss bank accounts - of rich African despots .(6) Most of the tyrants, despots , and dictators are sincerely convinced that their rule is beneficial for the people, that theirs is government for the people.(7) And this makes the world's despots breathe a little easier.(8) And then there's an opportunistic foreign policy that equates despots with democrats and which has baffled the most seasoned of diplomats.(9) For the past two decades he has made something of a name for himself dealing with many of the world's most notorious dictators and despots .(10) However, I found his list of despots interesting in that there were a couple of notable absences who, by my reckoning, have more deaths on their hands than any of the ones he mentioned.(11) King in this Middle Eastern context meant a ruler who would deal despotically with them, a governor quite different from the constitutional rulers of Europe.(12) Often I distrust figures for the numbers of victims of colonialism because the same sources downplay or ignore the victims of African or Asian despots , or of socialism.(13) All it has done is replace one despotic tyrannical regime with another that is mildly better in some ways, and much worse in others.(14) The Party's charter called for the violent overthrow of the U.S. government, and its officials took orders from Soviet despots .(15) What we don't want is Third World despots harming our economic interests abroad or murdering our citizens at home.(16) Thirty years of rule by benevolent despots who promote economic growth and development - even if it made sense - is simply not an option here.
1. tyrant ::
3. dictator ::
4. absolute ruler ::
5. totalitarian ::
6. autocrat ::
7. slave driver ::
Different Formsdespot, despotic, despotism, despots
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