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δεσπότης The latter part -πότης is prob. from same Root as πόσις, and Lat. potis, potior: the syll. δεσ- is uncertain.

I.a master, lord, the master of the house, Lat. herus, dominus, Aesch., etc.; properly in respect of slaves, so that the address of a slave to his master was δέσποτ᾽ ἄναξ or ὦναξ δέσποτα Ar.
2.of Oriental rulers, a despot, absolute ruler, whose subjects are slaves, Hdt., Thuc.; the pl. is used by Poets of single persons, like τύραννοι, Aesch.
3.of the gods, Eur., Xen.
II.generally, an owner, master, lord, κώμου, Aesch., Soph.

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