What does dictatorship mean?

Definitions for dictatorshipdɪkˈteɪ tərˌʃɪp, ˈdɪk teɪ-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dictatorship, absolutism, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny(noun)

    a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)


  1. dictatorship(Noun)

    A type of government where absolute sovereignty is allotted to an individual or a small clique.

  2. dictatorship(Noun)

    A government which exercises autocratic rule.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dictatorship(noun)

    the office, or the term of office, of a dictator; hence, absolute power


  1. Dictatorship

    A dictatorship is defined as an autocratic or authoritarian form of government in which a government is ruled by either an individual: a dictator, or an authoritarian party, as in an oligarchy. It has three possible meanings: ⁕A Roman dictator was the incumbent of a political office of legislate of the Roman Republic. Roman dictators were allocated absolute power during times of emergency. Their power was originally neither arbitrary nor unaccountable, being subject to law and requiring retrospective justification. There were no such dictatorships after the beginning of the 2nd century BC, and later dictators such as Sulla and the Roman Emperors exercised power much more personally and arbitrarily. ⁕A government controlled by one person, or a small group of people. In this form of government the power rests entirely on the person or group of people, and can be obtained by force or by inheritance. The dictator may also take away much of its peoples' freedom. ⁕In contemporary usage, dictatorship refers to an autocratic form of absolute rule by leadership unrestricted by law, constitutions, or other social and political factors within the state. For some scholars, a dictatorship is a form of government that has the power to govern without consent of those being governed, while totalitarianism describes a state that regulates nearly every aspect of public and private behavior of the people. In other words, dictatorship concerns the source of the governing power and totalitarianism concerns the scope of the governing power.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dictatorship in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dictatorship in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Angel Yunier Remon:

    Our country is still a dictatorship.

  2. Eduardo Leon:

    Voting for Fujimori would be legitimizing the dictatorship.

  3. Harry S Truman:

    When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.

  4. Julieta Lopez:

    Venezuela is really a dictatorship, we have a facade of democracy.

  5. Harry S Truman:

    Whenever you have an efficient government you have a dictatorship.

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