despotés: lord, masterOriginal Word: δεσπότης, ου, ὁPart of Speech:
a lord, master, or princeDefinition:
a lord, master, or prince.
1203 despótēs (from posis, "husband") – properly, an authority figure ("master") who exercises complete jurisdiction (wields unrestricted power).
[1203 (despótēs) implies someone exercising "unrestricted power and absolute domination, confessing no limitations or restraints" (R. Trench, 96).]
NAS Exhaustive ConcordanceWord Origin
of uncertain originDefinition
lord, masterNASB Translation
Lord (3), Master (3), masters (4).
Thayer'sSTRONGS NT 1203: δεσπότηςδεσπότης
down), a master, lord
(as of δοῦλοι
): 1 Timothy 6:1
,(2); 2 Timothy 2:21
; Titus 2:9
; 1 Peter 2:18
; God is thus addressed by one who calls himself his δοῦλος
: Luke 2:29
, cf. Acts 4:24, 29
(δεσπότης τῶν πάντων
, Job 5:8
; Wis. 6:8); Christ is so called, as one who has bought his servants, 2 Peter 2:1
; rules over his church, Jude 1:4
(some take δεσπότης
here as designating God; cf. R. V.
marginal reading); and whose prerogative it is to take vengeance on those who persecute his followers, Revelation 6:10
.<1> [SYNONYMS: δεσπότης, κύριος: δεσπότης was strictly the correlative of slave, δοῦλος, and hence, denoted absolute ownership and uncontrolled power; κύριος had a wider meaning, applicable to the various ranks and relations of life, and not suggestive either of property or of absolutism. Ammonius under the word δεσπότης says δεδσποτης ὁ τῶν ἀργυρωνητων. κύριος δέ καί πατήρ υἱοῦ καί αὐτός τίς ἑαυτοῦ. So Philo, quis rer. div. heres § 6 ὥστε τόν δεσπότην κύριον εἶναι καί ἔτι ὡσανεί φοβερόν κύριον, οὐ μόνον τό κῦρος καί τό κράτος ἁπάντων ἀνημμενον, ἀλλά καί δέος καί φόβον ἱκανόν ἐμποιησαι. Cf. Trench, § xxviii.; Woolsey, in Bib. Sacr. for 1861, p. 599f; Schmidt, chapter 161, 5.]
Perhaps from deo and posis (a husband); an absolute ruler ("despot") -- Lord, master.
see GREEK deo