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  • adv. In a despotic manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a despotic manner; with unlimited power; arbitrarily.

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Examples

  • ” he called despotically, and the teamster obeyed mechanically.

    Paras. 500–599

  • Dear Dr ManderFor many years, I have presided despotically over a regime famed for its cruelty.

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  • It isn't the majority of Scots who despotically hold sway over England and who deny us democracy, it's that corrupt political elite who smarm and lie about wanting social justice while knowingly and deliberately deny this to the people of England.

    Scottish End Game

  • And what reader does not feel the bone-chilling threat in his last paragraph, when he pronounces despotically “The Wall Street Journal will have to answer for the harm it has done”?

    Mr. Rangel Protests Too Much

  • Once in power, Stark turns out to be as rotten as the rest, despotically ruling the state, cheating on his wife with campaign manager Sadie Burke (Mercedes McCambridge), and disposing of those who challenge his authority.

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  • Here in this miniature portrait of the way patriarchy relies upon illusion, Charles parodically plays the role of "oriental" eminence: he is static, sensuous, and passive, yet nevertheless despotically controls the female world around him.

    'Pleasure is now, and ought to be, your business': Stealing Sexuality in Jane Austen's _Juvenilia_

  • A lot uv boards are ruled despotically by a cupple of peeps, but ICHC wuz diffrunt.

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  • If with these ideas they go into civil and international law, as reason prescribes it, they take this step in a spirit of chicanery, for they still follow their accustomed mechanical routine of despotically imposed coercive laws in a field where only concepts of reason can establish a legal compulsion according to the principles of freedom, under which alone a just and durable constitution is possible.

    Balkinization

  • These priests reigned despotically about eight hundred years.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • He who can clothe, support, and amuse a number of women, shuts them up in a menagerie, and commands them despotically.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

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