- a person exercising absolute power, especially a ruler who has absolute, unrestricted control in a government without hereditary succession.
- (in ancient Rome) a person invested with supreme authority during a crisis, the regular magistracy being subordinated to him until the crisis was met.
- a person who authoritatively prescribes conduct, usage, etc.: a dictator of fashion.
- a person who dictates, as to a secretary.
Origin of dictator
Examples from the Web for dictator
You were basically the guy to do every dictator or crazy character, from Gaddafi and Ahmadinejad to Bin Laden.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
And for Larry Flynt, this might be a monumental opportunity to stick it to the dictator the best way he knows how.Kim Jong Un, Avert Your Eyes: Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Gets the Porn Parody Treatment
December 20, 2014
He added, “We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States.”Exclusive: Sony Emails Reveal Studio Head Wants Idris Elba For the Next James Bond
December 19, 2014
A year and a half ago, I launched Dictator Appreciation Month, otherwise known as Make Fun of a Dictator Month.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror
December 19, 2014
Everyone—everyone who has never emailed a Sony employee, at least—relished the thought it was a “dictator move.”Sony Hack: A Dictator Move?
December 14, 2014
It was sent me by Bompland, and was given to him by the Dictator of Paraguay himself.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
The King need not be persuaded after he has appointed his Dictator.The Eternal City
But the Dictator intended that his word should be heard and his will should be done.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
"We will take you for a ride in one," the dictator of Subterro says.Operation Earthworm
To the mind of the dictator himself, however, came no such change.The Lion's Brood
- a ruler who is not effectively restricted by a constitution, laws, recognized opposition, etc
- an absolute, esp tyrannical, ruler
- (in ancient Rome) a person appointed during a crisis to exercise supreme authority
- a person who makes pronouncements, as on conduct, fashion, etc, which are regarded as authoritative
- a person who behaves in an authoritarian or tyrannical manner
Word Origin and History for dictator
late 14c., from Latin dictator, agent noun from dictare (see dictate (v.)). Transferred sense of "one who has absolute power or authority" in any sphere is from c.1600. In Latin use, a dictator was a judge in the Roman republic temporarily invested with absolute power.