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dictator

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noun dic·ta·tor \ˈdik-ˌtā-tər, dik-ˈ\

Simple Definition of dictator

  • : a person who rules a country with total authority and often in a cruel or brutal way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dictator

  1. 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. 2 :  one that dictates

Examples of dictator in a sentence

  1. The country was ruled by a military dictator.

  2. <the dictator had a fierce stranglehold on the country, keeping its people in poverty and ignorance>



Origin of dictator

Latin, from dictare


First Known Use: 14th century


DICTATOR Defined for Kids

dictator

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noun dic·ta·tor \ˈdik-ˌtā-tər\

Definition of dictator for Students

  1. :  a person who rules with total power and often in a cruel manner

dictatorship \dik-ˈtā-tər-ˌship\ noun




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