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despot
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The Scarlet Letter

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Definition a ruler with absolute power — especially one who abuses that power
  • The public is despotic in its temper; it is capable of denying common justice when too strenuously demanded as a right; but quite as frequently it awards more than justice, when the appeal is made, as despots love to have it made, entirely to its generosity.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (35% in)
  • The public is despotic in its temper; it is capable of denying common justice when too strenuously demanded as a right; but quite as frequently it awards more than justice, when the appeal is made, as despots love to have it made, entirely to its generosity.
    Chapter 13 -- Another View of Hester (36% in)

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