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ˈdɪk teɪ tər, dɪkˈteɪ tərdic·ta·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dictatornoun

    a speaker who dictates to a secretary or a recording machine

  2. dictator, potentatenoun

    a ruler who is unconstrained by law

  3. authoritarian, dictatornoun

    a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner

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


  1. dictatornoun

    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

    Etymology: From dictator, from dicto, from dico.

  2. dictatornoun

    A totalitarian leader of a country, nation, or government

    Etymology: From dictator, from dicto, from dico.

  3. dictatornoun

    A tyrannical boss, or authority figure

    Etymology: From dictator, from dicto, from dico.

  4. dictatornoun

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

    Etymology: From dictator, from dicto, from dico.

  5. dictatornoun

    A ruler or Führer, the highest level of authority.

    Etymology: From dictator, from dicto, from dico.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dictatornoun

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

    Etymology: [L.]

  2. Dictatornoun

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

    Etymology: [L.]


  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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. dictator

    In the earliest times, was the name of the highest magistrate of the Latin Confederation, and in some of the Latin towns the title was continued long after these towns were subjected to the dominion of Rome. In the Roman republic the dictator was an extraordinary magistrate, irresponsible and endowed with absolute authority. The dictatorship could not lawfully be held longer than six months. Dictators were only appointed so long as the Romans had to carry on wars in and out of Italy, or when any vigorous measure had to be acted upon. The limits of his power were as follows: he could not touch the treasury; he could not leave Italy; and he could not ride through Rome on horseback without previously obtaining the permission of the people.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dictator in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dictator in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of dictator in a Sentence

  1. Kadaria Ahmed:

    A lot of people will tell you that they have their reservations about Buhari for many reasons some because he was a military dictator and they worry whether he can uphold democratic principles and create democratic space.

  2. Jonar Nader:

    The majority-rule society has produced nothing more than heart-ache and intolerance. Throughout this majority-rule period it has been the members of the minority who have made an impact. It only takes one person to kill a hundred. It only takes one dictator to oppress millions. For better or for worse, it is the daring few who have shaped this so-called majority-rule society.

  3. Joe Biden:

    The President's comments are beneath the dignity of the office. To be on foreign soil, on Memorial Day, and to side repeatedly with a murderous dictator against a fellow American and former vice president speaks for itself.

  4. T. R. Samuel:

    Heaven or hell, same regime just different Dictator.

  5. Georges Michel:

    You look at these protests calling Martelly a dictator who has to go and you see a thousand or a few thousand people on the streets. Is that really a big popular movement to remove a president? Of course not. Like him or not, he's operating within the framework of democracy and I believe a majority of Haitians support him.

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