autocratic

Autocratic describes a way of ruling, but not in a nice way. An autocratic leader is one who rules with an iron fist; in other words — someone with the behavior of a dictator.

Autocratic rulers don't tend to be popular. They use fear and control to gain total power over their people. Often, their country is left destitute as a result of their actions. The word autocratic is often used to describe the head of a country, but really, anyone who is a despotic leader can qualify — including the boss who threatens to fire you if you refuse to polish his shoes and work every holiday.

DEFINITIONS OF: autocratic

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adj characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty

autocratic government”
Synonyms:
authoritarian, despotic, dictatorial, tyrannic, tyrannical
undemocratic
not in agreement with or according to democratic doctrine or practice or ideals

adj offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power

“an autocratic person”
autocratic behavior”
Synonyms:
bossy, dominating, high-and-mighty, magisterial, peremptory
domineering
tending to domineer
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