δεσπότης

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

An original phrase from Proto-Indo-European *déms pótis (master of the house), from *dṓm (house) (whence also Ancient Greek δόμος (dómos, house)), and *pótis (master) (whence also Ancient Greek πόσις (pósis, husband)). Cognate with Sanskrit दम्पति (दम्पति, lord of the house).

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Noun[edit]

δεσπότης (despótēs) (genitive δεσπότου) m, first declension

  1. master, lord (most commonly in the context of one who owns slaves)
  2. ruler, despot
  3. generally: owner

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Note: Accusative singular in the Ionic dialect can be δεσπότεα or δεσπότεας.

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Greek[edit]

Noun[edit]

δεσπότης (despótism (plural δεσπότες)

  1. despot, tyrant
  2. (religion) bishop
  3. bully
  4. (historical) Title of a Byzantine regional ruler.

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and see: αδέσποτος (adéspotos, ownerless, stray)