Definitions for dictatorˈdɪk teɪ tər, dɪkˈteɪ tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dic•ta•torˈdɪk teɪ tər, dɪkˈteɪ tər(n.)

  1. a ruler exercising absolute power without hereditary right or the free consent of the people.

    Category: Government

  2. (in ancient Rome) a person invested with supreme authority during a crisis.

    Category: Ancient History

  3. a person who authoritatively prescribes conduct, usage, etc.

  4. a person who dictates, as to a secretary.

Origin of dictator:

1350–1400; ME < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dictator(noun)

    a speaker who dictates to a secretary or a recording machine

  2. dictator, potentate(noun)

    a ruler who is unconstrained by law

  3. authoritarian, dictator(noun)

    a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner

    "my boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dictator(noun)ˈdɪk teɪ tər, dɪkˈteɪ tər

    an unelected ruler of a country who has complete power

Wiktionary

  1. dictator(Noun)

    Originally, a magistrate without colleague in republican ancient Rome, who held full executive authority for a term granted by the senate (legislature), typically to conduct a war

  2. dictator(Noun)

    A totalitarian leader of a country, nation, or government

  3. dictator(Noun)

    A tyrannical boss, or authority figure

  4. dictator(Noun)

    A person who dictates text (e.g. letters to a clerk)

  5. dictator(Noun)

    A ruler or Fu00FChrer, the highest level of authority.

  6. Origin: From dictator, from dicto, from dico.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dictator(noun)

    one who dictates; one who prescribes rules and maxims authoritatively for the direction of others

  2. Dictator(noun)

    one invested with absolute authority; especially, a magistrate created in times of exigence and distress, and invested with unlimited power

Freebase

  1. Dictator

    A dictator is a ruler who does not rule through democratic means. When other states call the head of state of a particular state a dictator, that state is called a dictatorship. The word originated as the title of a magistrate in ancient Rome appointed by the Senate to rule the republic in times of emergency. Like the term "tyrant", and to a lesser degree "autocrat", "dictator" came to be used almost exclusively as a non-titular term for oppressive, even abusive rule, yet had rare modern titular use. In modern usage, the term "dictator" is generally used to describe a leader who holds and/or abuses an extraordinary amount of personal power, especially the power to make laws without effective restraint by a legislative assembly. Dictatorships are often characterised by some of the following traits: suspension of elections and of civil liberties; proclamation of a state of emergency; rule by decree; repression of political opponents without abiding by rule of law procedures; these include single-party state, and cult of personality. The term "dictator" is comparable to – but not synonymous with – the ancient concept of a tyrant; initially "tyrant", like "dictator", did not carry negative connotations. A wide variety of leaders coming to power in a number of different kinds of regimes, such as military juntas, single-party states and civilian governments under personal rule, have been described as dictators. They may hold left or right-wing views, or can even be apolitical.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Dictator

    a magistrate invested with absolute authority in ancient republican Rome in times of exigence and danger; the constitution obliged him to resign his authority at the end of six months, till which time he was free without challenge afterwards to do whatever the interest of the commonwealth seemed to him to require; the most famous dictators were Cincinnatus, Camillus, Sulla, and Cæsar, who was the last to be invested with this power; the office ceased with the fall of the republic, or rather, was merged in the perpetual dictatorship of the emperor.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

dictator(noun)

an all-powerful ruler

As soon as he became dictator, he made all political parties illegal and governed the country as he liked.

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