Despotic Des*pot"ic, Despotical Des*pot"ic*al, a. [Gr. despotiko`s: cf. F. despotique.] Having the character of, or pertaining to, a despot; absolute in power; possessing and abusing unlimited power; evincing despotism; tyrannical; arbitrary. -- {Des*pot"ic*al*ly}, adv. -- {Des*pot"ic*al*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

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