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dictatorship

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

Simple Definition of dictatorship

  • : 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. 1 :  the office of dictator

  2. 2 :  autocratic rule, control, or leadership

  3. 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.



1542

First Known Use of dictatorship

1542



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