- 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
Related Words for dictatorshiptyranny, authoritarianism, totalitarianism, autocracy, fascism, despotism, coercion, Nazism
Examples from the Web for dictatorship
Contemporary Examples of dictatorship
A second document was titled: “Gambia Reborn: A Charter for Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy and Development.”The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
He is a true advocate for human rights who has paid a horrible price for standing up against the Assad dictatorship.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
It simultaneously reveals the absurdity of dictatorship and gives comfort to those languishing under an impossible reality.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror
December 19, 2014
They backed him when the Sandinistas tried to establish their own Cuban-inspired dictatorship.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
November 30, 2014
And my beloved Zimbabwe has sunk from a promising beacon into an abyss of greed and dictatorship.How I Got Addicted to Africa (and Wrote a Thriller About It)
September 9, 2014
Historical Examples of dictatorship
McClellan is now ripe for the dictatorship of the Copperheads.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
The Socialist state will be a democracy, not a dictatorship.Socialism
From what Dad told me, he's trying to turn Oredan into a Dictatorship, with him at the head.The Best Made Plans
Everett B. Cole
From him, Barrent learned that Earth was believed to be a dictatorship.The Status Civilization
"Oh, good, that sounds like a dictatorship," Harkaman was saying.Space Viking
Henry Beam Piper
- 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
Word Origin and History for dictatorship
Government by a single person or by a junta or other group that is not responsible to the people or their elected representatives.