1. government in which one person has uncontrolled or unlimited authority over others; the government or power of an absolute monarch.
2. a nation, state, or community ruled by an autocrat.
3. unlimited authority, power, or influence of one person in any group.
Etymology: from Greek autokráteia, “power over oneself, sole power”, equivalent to autokrat(ḗs), “self-ruling, ruling alone”, from auto, “self” + krátos, “power”.
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