Simple Definition of dictator
: a person who rules a country with total authority and often in a cruel or brutal way
Full Definition of dictator
1 a : a person granted absolute emergency power; especially : one appointed by the senate of ancient Rome b : one holding complete autocratic control c : one ruling absolutely and often oppressively
2 : one that dictates
Examples of dictator in a sentence
The country was ruled by a military dictator.
<the dictator had a fierce stranglehold on the country, keeping its people in poverty and ignorance>
Origin and Etymology of dictator
Latin, from dictare
First Known Use: 14th century
DICTATOR Defined for Kids
Definition of dictator for Students
: a person who rules with total power and often in a cruel manner
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