Definition of dictatorship
1 : the office of dictator
2 : autocratic rule, control, or leadership <people suffering under his dictatorship>
3a : a form of government in which absolute power is concentrated in a dictator or a small cliqueclique <Communism and dictatorship>b : a government organization or group in which absolute power is so concentrated <rising up against a military dictatorship>c : a despotic state <establishing a dictatorship>
Examples of dictatorship in a sentence
The country suffered for many years under his dictatorship.
His enemies accused him of establishing a dictatorship.
Origin and Etymology of dictatorship
First Known Use: 1542
DICTATORSHIP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dictatorship for English Language Learners
: 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
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