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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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He is a caudillo, ruling despotically over a controlled population.
In a country where fathers rule their families despotically, where women are treated as property, and where children can be beaten on a whim, enlightened government is unlikely.
Parceling out glory' and `judging writings', these men acted as `proud inquisitors', despotically wielding their unjust power over the world of letters.
Since comedy is the genre which makes peace with desire in the context of social exchange and inescapable contingency, the despotically paranoid Harpagon, for whom famine is a means of controlling the capacity of others to rebel, is as diabolical an enemy as the comic ethos could have.
Yet, today, more than 200 years later, competition rules policies as despotically as any single monarch.
Having overthrown Chile's elected president, Salvador Allende, in 1973, killed 3,000 of his own citizens, and ruled Chile despotically for seventeen years, the General needs all the credit he can get, I suppose.
7) Invasions are "arbitrary" if they are "conducted at the discretion of executive officials, who may act despotically and capriciously in the exercise of the power to search and seize.
Grogan uses science despotically, bringing powerful scientific reasoning procedures to bear on unstable narratives like Sarah's, to realign them and bring them into congruence with narratives that serve his interests.
There is no reason to accept the contention, presented as a kind of self-evident truth by establishment economists, neo-liberal ideologues, Western political leaders, and mainstream editorialists that the market economy, capitalism, and the profit system are the only possible alternative to the failed totalitarian command economy which existed in the non-capitalist countries-a system where a small group of (incompetent) technocrats decided what to do with the economy and despotically imposed their decisions on the society.
Grave abuse of discretion is committed in two ways: first, when an act is done without or in excess of jurisdiction; and second, when it is done whimsically, arbitrarily or despotically, amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction.
Or else they may try to continue ruling despotically, but this will definitely backfire and Gezi-type events may return, and this time there will not be a former President Abdullah GE-l or Deputy Prime Minister BE-lent Arync who will be able to convince to masses to go back home.
When in exile they awaken from "their deteriorated dream, they can blame only themselves for having been the dupes of Aphrodite," who rules them despotically.