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- v. To behave like a despot.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To act the despot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be a despot; act the part of a despot; be despotic.
It is too plain to be denied that the belief of the strict necessity of Infant Baptism, and the absolute universality of the practice did not commence till the dogma of original guilt had begun to despotize in the Church: while that remained uncertain and sporadic,
They presumably derive from C but might also reflect Benjamin Flower's comparative inexperience in printing plays (cf the lack of a Dramatis Personae and of scene-divisions) (CC despotize