dictator

noun dic·ta·tor \ ˈdik-ˌtā-tər , dik-ˈ \
Updated on: 12 Apr 2018
1 a : a person granted absolute emergency power; especially, history : one appointed by the senate (see senate 1a) of ancient Rome
b : one holding complete autocratic control : a person with unlimited governmental power
c : one ruling in an absolute (see absolute 2) and often oppressive way
  • fascist dictators
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

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Origin and Etymology of dictator

Latin, from dictare — see 1dictate

DICTATOR Defined for English Language Learners

dictator

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


DICTATOR Defined for Kids

dictator

noun dic·ta·tor \ ˈdik-ˌtā-tər \
: a person who rules with total power and often in a cruel manner

dictatorship

\dik-ˈtā-tər-ˌship\ noun


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