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Synonyms for despotism

Synonyms for despotism

a government in which a single leader or party exercises absolute control over all citizens and every aspect of their lives

a political doctrine advocating the principle of absolute rule

absolute power, especially when exercised unjustly or cruelly

Synonyms for despotism

dominance through threat of punishment and violence

a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc

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Turkey has unfortunately become a country where the despotic civilian tutelary despotism or arbitrary national trusteeship system is being increasingly consolidated to the witness of the world.
The president, whose words are reported in a statement of the Presidency of the Republic, noted that the fight of the Tunisians today, against terrorism should exceed the security dimension and targets the values so as to prevail the principles of freedom, democracy, transparency and justice against despotism and obscurantism.
Branko Gjorgjeski writes that an end should be put to the despotism in the country and that the law must apply to everyone.
Neverthess, it had the fascinating merit that the entire population was involved, keen to eradicate corruption and despotism and stop anybody from creating another autocratic regime.
On the bottom half, I'm the Tin Man" Actress Liza Minnelli, who has had new hips, a replacement knee and other surgical pins "I am the bionic woman" Veteran actress Angela Lansbury, pictured, 86, when asked if she got tired "London is wonderful, especially if you like steak and kidney pie" Hollywood star Kristen Stewart "I believe in a benevolent despotism.
The political issue of despotic government is grounded in deep anxieties that go beyond politics and even the East-West relationship, he argues, and the notion of Oriental despotism helps ground western Christian theological concerns about divine power and unconditional faith, and existential concerns about the relationship between the human self and the universe.
He adds that "this sort of hired men (known today as the shabbiha) increase and decrease in number according to the harshness or lightness of despotism.
The reported death of Muammar Qadhafi marks the end of an era of despotism and repression from which the Libyan people have suffered for too long", they said in a statement.
The reported death of Muammar Gaddafi marks the end of an era of despotism and repression," said the President of the Council of the EU, Herman Van Rompuy, and the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, on 20 October, in a joint statement.
While talking to the media here on Saturday , Raja Riaz said that the despotism of Shahbaz Sharif has been prevailed in the Punjab.
In their fight for freedom and self-determination, and against despotism and corruption, the people of Libya continue to have exemplify the power and dignity of a people determined to reclaim control over their destiny.
The occupation and despotism guru Elliott Abrams wrote more than once that "democratic transformation started in Iraq," which they left devastated with millions of its people carrying the scars of civil strife, division and massacres.
These days coincide with the 30th anniversary of the tragedy of displacement of Feyli Kurds, one of the most heinous crimes perpetrated by the regime of despotism and dictatorship," Talabani said during a ceremony to commemorate the displacement of Feyli Kurds in a speech read out on his behalf by his political advisor Jalal al-Mashta.
Soft Despotism, Democracy's Drift: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and the Modern Prospect, by Paul A.
TEHRAN: Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karoubi, defying government warnings, said the Islamic republic was "plagued with despotism," in remarks published ahead of a national celebration that could trigger more protests.