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)). Cognate with Sanskrit दम्पति ‎(दम्पति, lord of the house).

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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]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek δεσπότης ‎(despótēs)

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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