despot
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈdɛs.pɒt/, /ˈdɛz.pɒt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈdɛs.pət/
Noun

despot (plural despots)

  1. A ruler with absolute power; a tyrant.
  2. (historical) A title awarded to senior members of the imperial family in the late Byzantine Empire, and claimed by various independent or semi-autonomous rulers in the Balkans (12th to 15th centuries)
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