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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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" He said UP's heroes of the resistance "deserve to be specially remembered, and their memory and legacy enshrined for younger Filipinos and UP students to emulate." "Following the proclamation, UP will hold activities remembering its participation in the struggle against martial law, particularly its members who lived and died fighting against dictatorship and despotism and encouraging UP's continuous pursuit of academic freedom, civil liberties, and human rights in society," UP said on its website.
Combined with their desire for order and a self-described loathing of despotism, British imperialists also used the concept of 'protection' to justify annexation or political overthrows of territory at the peripheries of their empire.
The unity of despotism, hatred and civil liberties became unanimous," it read.
History will teach us that the former has been found a much more certain road to the introduction of despotism than the latter, and that of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people; commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants."
This country suffered greatly from the despotism of a tutelary mentality for decades, and today it is grieving deeply under the arbitrariness, unlawfulness and despotism of a national trustee who has been placed at the top of the country and who believes he can govern the people -- whom he sees as an unconscious herd -- at will thanks to media manipulations and bloody techniques of psychological warfare.
"The American Islam, despite having Islamic appearance and name, complies with despotism and Zionism- and totally serves the goals of despotism and the US," stated the Leader.
Only then can the peoples of Syria and northern Iraq have hope for something other than the despotisms of an Assad and Hussein, or the despotism of a medieval-minded caliphate.
After Oriental Despotism: Eurasian Growth in a Global Perspective
Onlookers can no longer claim that "anything is better than despotism." Democracy does not automatically replace autocracy, and well-functioning institutions of law, education and governance can vanish overnight.
"American Islam, despite having an Islamic appearance and name, complies with despotism and Zionism ...
Attending in the Carthage palace the ceremony of the 31st graduation promotion of the National Defence Institute, Marzouki said that "Tunisia, which has chosen the path of democracy to build a democratic civil state, will manage to convince the terrorist groups who attempt to impose despotism under the cover of religion."
Read it and ask yourself if Americans in this, the second decade of the 21st century, should not discern "a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism." Thanks to the determination of brave and principled men, the despotism of the British king was relegated to our nation's colonial past.
A prosecutor in the impeachment trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona is intent on filing an impeachment case against certain magistrates for their "despotism," as evidenced, he said, by their decision declaring the lawmakers' Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or pork barrel, as unconstitutional, and for disqualifying Regina Reyes as Marinduque representative.
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.