dictator

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noun dic·ta·tor \ˈdik-ˌtā-tər, dik-ˈ\

Definition of dictator

  1. 1a :  a person granted absolute emergency power; especially, history :  one appointed by the senate (see senate 1a) of ancient Romeb :  one holding complete autocratic control :  a person with unlimited governmental powerc :  one ruling in an absolute (see absolute 2) and often oppressive way <fascist dictators>

  2. 2 :  one who says or reads something for a person to transcribe or for a machine to record :  one that dictates (see 1dictate 1)

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 and Etymology of dictator

Latin, from dictare —see 1dictate


First Known Use: before 12th century


DICTATOR Defined for English Language Learners

dictator

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noun dic·ta·tor \ˈdik-ˌtā-tər, dik-ˈ\

Definition of dictator for English Language Learners

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


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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