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autocracy vs. dictatorship

[ aw-tok-ruh-see ]
  1. government in which one person has uncontrolled or unlimited authority over others; the government or power of an absolute monarch.
  2. a nation, state, or community ruled by an autocrat.
  3. unlimited authority, power, or influence of one person in any group.
[ dik-tey-ter-ship, dik-tey- ]
  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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