dictatorship

noun dic·ta·tor·ship \ dik-ˈtā-tər-ˌship , ˈdik-ˌ \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of dictatorship

1 : the office of dictator
2 : autocratic rule, control, or leadership
  • people suffering under his dictatorship
3 a : a form of government in which absolute power is concentrated in a dictator or a small clique
  • 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

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

  2. His enemies accused him of establishing a dictatorship.

Recent Examples of dictatorship from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of dictatorship


DICTATORSHIP Defined for English Language Learners

dictatorship

noun

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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