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dictatorship

[dik-tey-ter-ship, dik-tey-] /dɪkˈteɪ tərˌʃɪp, ˈdɪk teɪ-/
noun
1.
a country, government, or the form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator.
2.
absolute, imperious, or overbearing power or control.
3.
the office or position held by a dictator.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; dictator + -ship
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British Dictionary definitions for dictator-ship

dictatorship

/dɪkˈteɪtəˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
the rank, office, or period of rule of a dictator
2.
government by a dictator or dictators
3.
a country ruled by a dictator or dictators
4.
absolute or supreme power or authority
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Word Origin and History for dictator-ship

dictatorship

n.

1580s, from dictator + -ship.

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dictator-ship in Culture

dictatorship definition


Government by a single person or by a junta or other group that is not responsible to the people or their elected representatives.

Note: Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin were dictators.
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