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dictatorship

noun dic·ta·tor·ship \dik-ˈtā-tər-ˌship, ˈdik-ˌ\

: rule by a dictator : rule, control, or leadership by one person with total power

: a government or country in which total power is held by a dictator or a small group

Full Definition of DICTATORSHIP

1
:  the office of dictator
2
:  autocratic rule, control, or leadership
3
a :  a form of government in which absolute power is concentrated in a dictator or a small clique
b :  a government organization or group in which absolute power is so concentrated
c :  a despotic state

Examples of DICTATORSHIP

  1. The country suffered for many years under his dictatorship.
  2. His enemies accused him of establishing a dictatorship.

First Known Use of DICTATORSHIP

1542

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

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