Despotism

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Despotism

1. A theory that the best form of government is rule by one person (or group) who knows best how people ought to live. Most governments now are democracies (at least officially) and so despotism has been more or less discredited as a theory.

2. A despotic state or government.
References in classic literature ?
Despotism is unjust to everybody, including the despot, who was probably made for better things.
Is it for such results as this that our great country welcomes to its bosom the alien who flies from the despotisms of Europe?
Their themes are social movements and democratic aspirations, women's struggle for democracy, struggling for democracy in the shadow of civil war and fragmented despotisms as exemplified by Columbia, and participatory democracy in action.
But this benefit has probably been offset by the increase in "anocracies"--regimes that aren't quite democracies or despotisms and are more unstable than either.