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dictatorship

[dik-tey-ter-ship, dik-tey-]
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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.
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Origin of dictatorship

First recorded in 1580–90; dictator + -ship
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British Dictionary definitions for dictatorship

dictatorship

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 dictatorship

n.

1580s, from dictator + -ship.

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dictatorship in Culture

dictatorship

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

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Note

Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin were dictators.
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