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Definition a political system governed by a single individual
  • Stature has ever been tyrannical and autocratic, and always will be.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The least appearance of opposition struck fire out of the old autocrat.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • American Intelligence has its share of vacillating autocrats, rarely communicating fully with each other.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • He was a little thinner, a little whiter, a little more austere; he was autocratic still and still disapproved of candles on the altar.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • It seems to me that you talk like a great autocrat.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • You have tyrannized over me enough, you autocrat!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Mr. Harling, therefore, seemed to me autocratic and imperial in his ways.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • She could not relish the autocracy of "cheerful bums."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Mrs. Sanborn was the president of many charity organizations and this had given her an addiction to autocracy such as no other avocation could develop.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He was a man who needed someone beside him continually; the things that had to be done for him made him autocratic.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • She was speaking now to the restaurant attendant in a clear, courteous, but completely autocratic tone.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Gottlieb had twice to ask him whether he had prepared the new batch of medium, and Gottlieb was an autocrat, sterner with his favorites than with the ruck of students.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • A kind and generous man, Lewis Krakauer loved his five children deeply, in the autocratic way of fathers, but his worldview was colored by a relentlessly competitive nature.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • But Jim did not know the almost inconceivable egotism of the man which made him, when resisted and foiled in his will, mad with the indignant and revengeful rage of a thwarted autocrat.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • This new order of things disgusted him, and he howled dismally for 'Marmar', as his angry passions subsided, and recollections of his tender bondwoman returned to the captive autocrat.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Here, excitement never entered in, voices were never raised, everyone deferred gently to the opinions of others, and, in the end, the black grizzled autocrat in the kitchen had his way.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Their common goal is the overthrow of the hateful autocracy of hetmans and admirals, and the establishment, by means of an armed uprising, of the power of the peasants' and soldiers' Soviets.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • It was, however, an autocracy by consent, for they were united from top to bottom by a commonly held ideology whose perpetuation was the reason and justification for all their sufferings.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • The government, critics said, was just trying to claim "a genocide credit" that would excuse its autocratic ways, that would allow it to avoid discussion of the crimes Tutsis had committed against Hutus.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Henry Clay of Kentucky—bold, autocratic and magnetic, fiery in manner with a charm so compelling that an opponent once declined a meeting which would subject him to the appeal of Harry of the West.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage

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