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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 des·po·tism /ˈdɛspəˌtɪzəm/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Des·po·tism n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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,
          totalitarianism, tyranny]