δεσπότης

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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); with an ending influenced by -της(-tēs, masculine adjectival suffix). Cognate with Sanskrit दम्पति(dám-pati, lord of the house).

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δεσπότης ‎(despótēsm ‎(genitive δεσπότου); 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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Accusative singular in the Ionic dialect is sometimes δεσπότεα(despótea).

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Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek δεσπότης(despótēs).

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  • IPA(key): /ðesˈpotis/
  • Hyphenation: δε‧σπό‧της

Noun[edit]

δεσπότης ‎(despótism ‎(plural δεσπότες)

  1. despot, tyrant (ruler with absolute power)
    Όταν πήρε εξουσία, ονόμασε τον εαυτό του δεσπότη.‎ ― Ótan píre exousía, onómase ton eaftó tou despóti. ― When he took power, he named himself as despot.
  2. (religion) bishop
    Την ευλογία σου, δέσποτα!‎ ― Tin evlogía sou, déspota! ― Your blessing, please, Bishop!
  3. (religion) Lord (term of address for God)
    Ευλόγησον, δέσποτα!‎ ― Evlógison, déspota! ― Bless us, O Lord!
  4. (historical) despot (title of a Byzantine regional ruler)
  5. master, ruler

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