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Definition of despotism:

  1. A government which is directed by a despot; a despotic monarchy; absolutism; autocracy.
  2. The power, spirit, or principles of a despot; absolute control over others; tyrannical sway; tyranny.

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dictatorship, totalism, one-man rule, over, autocracy, autarchy, imperialism, tyranny, politics, government, autocracy, monocracy, domination, Caesarism, oppression, Stalinism, coercion, repression, absolutism, authoritarianism, shogunate, totalitarianism.

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