Despotism

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Definition

An absolute or autocratic* government---an absolute government is an absolute monarchy
*autocrat-a person invested with or claiming to excersize absolute authority

Synonyms

dictatorship, tyranny, autocracy, absolutism, authoritarianism

Antonyms

democracy, self governance, self government, freedom, sovereignty

Sentence

"...to reduce them under absolute despotism, is their right..." pg #7, Declaration of Independence 1776

Example Sentence

The government of england was a despotism and the king was an autocrat,

PARTS OF ANALYSIS

Word Families

Despot, Despotic, Despotism, Despoticaly

Origin

despotism-mid 18c., from France------despotisme; see despot+-ism

Part of Speech

----noun---- it is a type of government