An area ruled by a despot (δεσπότης) in the late Byzantine Balkans (13th to 15th centuries).(noun)
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Use "despotate" in a sentence
"In a series of campaigns, much of the despotate was regained for the empire (Janina taken, 1265)."
"The European territories of the earlier empire were divided between the Greek despotate of Epirus and the Greek duchy of Neopatras (Thessaly, Locris), the Latin duchy of Athens, the Latin principality of Achaea, and the Venetian duchy of the Archipelago."
"Greek rule, however, survived in the despotate of Epirus under princes of the imperial house of the Angeli."