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[dik-tey-ter-ship, dik-tey-] /dɪkˈteɪ tərˌʃɪp, ˈdɪk teɪ-/
a country, government, or the form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator.
absolute, imperious, or overbearing power or control.
the office or position held by a dictator.
Origin of dictatorship
1580-90; dictator + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for dictatorship
  • However, if our right to free speech is trampled on then we will be living in a dictatorship.
  • It's more like a benevolent dictatorship.
  • It removed a thuggish dictatorship that killed thousands of people a year.
  • Sharply suppressing all dissent, he imposed a military dictatorship.
  • Thinkers of this type are really advocating global dictatorship of a design never defined.
  • It's a profoundly corrupt one-party dictatorship based on a bankrupt, morally discredited ideology.
  • Second its a dictatorship with a notable nuclear capacity and a very aggressive foreign policy.
  • It is one of the worst dictatorships on Earth today.
  • The less money this near dictatorship has the better for the West.
  • Whats really frightening though is the folks that want to turn this country into a dictatorship.
British Dictionary definitions for dictatorship


the rank, office, or period of rule of a dictator
government by a dictator or dictators
a country ruled by a dictator or dictators
absolute or supreme power or authority
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Word Origin and History for dictatorship

1580s, from dictator + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dictatorship 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.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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