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 : 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
The country suffered for many years under his dictatorship.
His enemies accused him of establishing a dictatorship.
First Known Use of dictatorship
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