despotate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

despot +‎ -ate

Noun[edit]

despotate (plural despotates)

  1. An area ruled by a despot (δεσπότης) in the late Byzantine Balkans (12th to 15th centuries).
    • 1974, Vladimir Dedijer, History of Yugoslavia, page 129:
      Even before the great sultan Mehmed II, known as El Fatih (the Conqueror), took power in Turkey, the Serbian despotate had become the booty of the invaders.

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