1. The power, spirit, or principles of a despot; absolute control over others; tyrannical sway; tyranny. “The despotism of vice.”
2. A government which is directed by a despot; a despotic monarchy; absolutism; autocracy.
Despotism . . . is the only form of government which may with safety to itself neglect the education of its infant poor. --Bp. Horsley.
n 1: dominance through threat of punishment and violence [syn: absolutism,
2: a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute
dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or
opposition etc.) [syn: dictatorship, absolutism, authoritarianism,
Caesarism, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism,