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Definitions for dictatorship
dɪkˈteɪ tərˌʃɪp, ˈdɪk teɪ-dic·ta·tor·ship

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dictatorship, absolutism, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyrannynoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. dictatorshipnoun

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

  2. dictatorshipnoun

    A government which exercises autocratic rule.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dictatorshipnoun

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

Freebase

  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.

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Numerology

  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

Examples of dictatorship in a Sentence

  1. Gulcan Demirkaya:

    This re-run (election) was one to put an end to the dictatorship, god willing, I would like to see him as the president in five years' time. The one-man rule should come to an end.

  2. Ehsan Sehgal:

    The vote is a majority dictatorship; its sweet and attractive mask is democracy.

  3. Mwanandeke Kindembo:

    Dictatorship is when the government can easily control and manipulate citizens' demands.

  4. Garry Kasparov:

    Boris hoped, in vain as we understand, to see some form of peaceful transition into normal, civilized democratic government, i see no chance for Russia now to move from Putin's brutal dictatorship into something that will be even (as) mild as we had 10 years ago.

  5. Alexander Fraser Tyler, Cycle of Democracy (1770):

    A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over lousy fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average of the world's great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to Complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage.

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