dictatorship

[dik-tey-ter-ship, dik-tey-]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. dictate,
  2. dictating machine,
  3. dictation,
  4. dictator,
  5. dictatorial,
  6. diction,
  7. dictionary,
  8. dictionary and thesaurus,
  9. dictionary attack,
  10. dictionary catalog

Origin of dictatorship

First recorded in 1580–90; dictator + -ship

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British Dictionary definitions for dictatorship

dictatorship

noun

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

dictatorship

n.

1580s, from dictator + -ship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for dictatorship

dictatorship

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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