The power, spirit, or principles of a despot; absolute control over others; tyrannical sway; tyranny.
- Rule by or as if by a despot; absolute power or authority.
- The actions of a despot; tyranny.
- A government or political system in which the ruler exercises absolute power: "Kerensky has a place in history, of a brief interlude between despotisms” ( William Safire).
- A state so ruled.