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Despot

A person or group that rules a country without recourse to democratic elements like free elections. Despots believe that they should rule because they know best how people ought to live. Most governments now are democracies (at least officially), but despots continue to thrive in many areas.
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The partisan judiciary, police, bureaucracy and media outlets, all consolidated by Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an and his cronies in his quest for one-man rule with despotic ambitions, do not leave anyone with even the minimal security of the law.
It was this impasse that forced the despotic religious rulers of Iran to sit around negotiating tables with those same world governments they had demonized for decades in order to stay in power.
The long shadows cast by the conflicts of Iraq and Afghanistan, two other nations that have seen despotic regimes overthrown, give us enough reason to fear that more blood may yet be spilt.
This bizarre and despotic regime has long been the joker in the Arab pack.
Some are wondering if the overthrow of the despotic Tunisian president is the harbinger of people's revolutions throughout the Arab world.
Yes, you can use it to embalm the little chap's body after his inevitable execution by the despotic Romans.
The appalling arrogance, despotic actions and ingratitude of Malawi''s government and judicial system speak for themselves.
His action in emasculating the backbenchers' 1922 Committee was underhand and despotic.
Apparently the Government has failed on all fronts, making them seemingly insecure and prompting such despotic actions.
On Iraq's borders are, among others, a despotic theocracy in Iran, a despotic monarchy in Saudia Arabia and a despotic hereditary fiefdom in Syria.
equatorial, despotic whether you do , whether you don't, dead in fact, if you do , if you don't , suppose for the moment, which is all it takes, an envelope is passed from one supreme calabash to the next, in a musical rendition now showing its teeth like the piano swallowed by seawater, actually seawater is pouring from the tap, it's as if the day's events have caught up with us, the planet involved with its own laughter like sodium feldspar in granite.
Meanwhile, the despotic nation of Saudi Arabia only offered Haiti a letter of condolence.