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