dictatorship

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

Definition of dictatorship

  1. 1 :  the office of dictator

  2. 2 :  autocratic rule, control, or leadership people suffering under his dictatorship

  3. 3a :  a form of government in which absolute power is concentrated in a dictator or a small cliqueclique Communism and dictatorshipb :  a government organization or group in which absolute power is so concentrated rising up against a military dictatorshipc :  a despotic state establishing a dictatorship

Examples of dictatorship in a sentence

  1. The country suffered for many years under his dictatorship.

  2. His enemies accused him of establishing a dictatorship.

Origin and Etymology of dictatorship

see dictator


First Known Use: 1542


DICTATORSHIP Defined for English Language Learners

dictatorship

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

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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