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 clique 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
The country suffered for many years under his dictatorship.
His enemies accused him of establishing a dictatorship.
Recent Examples of dictatorship from the Web
The Handmaid's Tale' Hulu's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian novel is about a young woman forced into sex slavery by the new ultra-religious military dictatorship that has overthrown the U.S. government and eradicated women's rights.
The threat emanates from Putinism, a philosophy of dictatorship fused with kleptocratic economics.
A brief aside: Marquette basketball in those days was indeed a dictatorship.
Fernandez says as long as there’s a dictatorship — despite longtime leader Fidel Castro dying last year — no one in her family will visit the island.
Yep, just your run-of-the-mill pro-dictatorship campaign.
Older Cuban Americans who fought Fidel Castro or fled Cuba overwhelmingly voted for President Trump and a hard line against a dictatorship that in many cases cost them their families or their homes.
The flotilla’s deployment had been extended for a month following rising tensions between the United States and the communist dictatorship in Pyongyang over a series of ballistic missile tests by North Korea.
Venezuela's bishops' conference delivered a letter on Thursday to the pope that accused the government of being a dictatorship.
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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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