Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A ruler having unlimited power; a despot.
  • n. A person with unlimited power or authority: a corporate autocrat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An absolute ruler with infinite power
  • n. A title borne by some such Monarchs, as in Byzantium and tsarist Russia

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An absolute sovereign; a monarch who holds and exercises the powers of government by claim of absolute right, not subject to restriction.
  • n. One who rules with undisputed sway in any company or relation; a despot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An absolute prince or sovereign; a ruler or monarch who holds and exercises the powers of government as by inherent right, not subject to restrictions: as, “the autocrat of all the Russias,” a title assumed by the emperor of Russia.
  • n. One who is invested with or assumes unlimited authority in any relation: as, “The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table” (title of a book)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cruel and oppressive dictator

Etymologies

French autocrate, from Greek autokratēs, ruling by oneself : auto-, auto- + -kratēs, -crat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French autocrate, itself from Ancient Greek αὐτοκρατής (autokratēs, "sovereign"), from αὐτο- (auto-, "self") (combinatory form of αὐτός) + κρατία (kratia, "rule") (from κράτος (kratos, "strength, power")) (Wiktionary)

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