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dic·ta·tor

 (dĭk′tā′tər, dĭk-tā′-)
n.
1.
a. An absolute ruler.
b. A tyrant; a despot.
2. An ancient Roman magistrate appointed temporarily to deal with an immediate crisis or emergency.
3. One who dictates: These initials are those of the dictator of the letter.
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dictator

(dɪkˈteɪtə)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. a ruler who is not effectively restricted by a constitution, laws, recognized opposition, etc
b. an absolute, esp tyrannical, ruler
2. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Rome) a person appointed during a crisis to exercise supreme authority
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in ancient Rome) a person appointed during a crisis to exercise supreme authority
4. a person who makes pronouncements, as on conduct, fashion, etc, which are regarded as authoritative
5. a person who behaves in an authoritarian or tyrannical manner
dictatress, dictatrix fem n
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dic•ta•tor

(ˈdɪk teɪ tər, dɪkˈteɪ tər)

n.
1. a ruler exercising absolute power without hereditary right or the free consent of the people.
2. (in ancient Rome) a person invested with supreme authority during a crisis.
3. a person who authoritatively prescribes conduct, usage, etc.
4. a person who dictates, as to a secretary.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin]
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dictator

1. A Roman magistrate with temporary extraordinary powers, such as in time of national crisis. By the time of Sulla and Julius Caesar it had come to mean an extraconstitutional office with unlimited powers for an unspecified duration.
2. A ruler whose power is unlimited and is not challenged by a recognized opposition.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dictator - a speaker who dictates to a secretary or a recording machinedictator - a speaker who dictates to a secretary or a recording machine
speaker, talker, verbaliser, verbalizer, utterer - someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous); "the speaker at commencement"; "an utterer of useful maxims"
2.dictator - a ruler who is unconstrained by law
ruler, swayer - a person who rules or commands; "swayer of the universe"
shogun - a hereditary military dictator of Japan; the shoguns ruled Japan until the revolution of 1867-68
strongman - a powerful political figure who rules by the exercise of force or violence; "he is determined to bring down the Iraqi strongman"
autocrat, despot, tyrant - a cruel and oppressive dictator
3.dictator - a person who behaves in a tyrannical mannerdictator - a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner; "my boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime"
Big Brother - an authoritarian leader and invader of privacy
disciplinarian, martinet, moralist - someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms
oppressor - a person of authority who subjects others to undue pressures
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dictator

noun absolute ruler, tyrant, despot, Big Brother, oppressor, control freak, autocrat, absolutist, martinet the fall of Haiti's military dictator
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dictator

noun
1. An absolute ruler, especially one who is harsh and oppressive:
2. One who imposes or favors absolute obedience to authority:
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Translations
ديكتاتورطاغِيَه، دكتاتور
diktátor
diktator
diktaattori
diktator
diktátor
einræðiherraeinræîisherra
独裁者
독재자
dictator
diktátor
diktatortiran
diktator
ผู้เผด็จการ
nhà độc tài

dictator

[dɪkˈteɪtəʳ] Ndictador(a) m/f
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dictator

[dɪkˈteɪtər] ndictateur m
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dictator

n
(Pol, fig) → Diktator(in) m(f)
(of letter, passage)Diktierende(r) mf
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dictator

[dɪkˈteɪtəʳ] ndittatore/trice
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dictate

(dikˈteit) , ((American) ˈdikteit) verb
1. to say or read out (something) for someone else to write down. He always dictates his letters (to his secretary).
2. to state officially or with authority. He dictated the terms of our offer.
3. to give orders to; to command. I certainly won't be dictated to by you (= I won't do as you say).
dicˈtation noun
something read for another to write down. The secretary is taking dictation.
dicˈtator noun
an all-powerful ruler. As soon as he became dictator, he made all political parties illegal and governed the country as he liked.
dicˈtatorship noun
1. the authority of a dictator. His dictatorship is threatened by the terrorists.
2. a state ruled by a dictator. That country is a dictatorship now.
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dictator

ديكتاتور diktátor diktator Diktator δικτάτορας dictador diktaattori dictateur diktator dittatore 独裁者 독재자 dictator diktator dyktator ditador диктатор diktator ผู้เผด็จการ diktatör nhà độc tài 独裁
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References in classic literature ?
If I had been downright honest with myself, I would have seen very plainly in my heart that I did but half fancy being committed this way to so long a voyage, without once laying my eyes on the man who was to be the absolute dictator of it, so soon as the ship sailed out upon the open sea.
All the beauty that has ever been in the world has broken the laws of all previous beauty, and unwillingly dictated laws to the beauty that succeeded it,--laws which that beauty has no less spiritedly broken, to prove in turn dictator to its successor.
"Dictator, now," said Letty, with injured looks, and not without a wish to make her mother repent.
Till the death of Francia, the Dictator of Paraguay, these two countries must remain distinct, as if placed on opposite sides of the globe.
From these proceedings, it was clear that Rosas ultimately would become the dictator: to the term king, the people in this, as in other republics, have a particular dislike.
Every man the least conversant in Roman story, knows how often that republic was obliged to take refuge in the absolute power of a single man, under the formidable title of Dictator, as well against the intrigues of ambitious individuals who aspired to the tyranny, and the seditions of whole classes of the community whose conduct threatened the existence of all government, as against the invasions of external enemies who menaced the conquest and destruction of Rome.
"'Are you that?' sez I; 'thin I'm O'Connell the Dictator, an' by this you will larn to kape a civil tongue in your rag-box.'
But no time was then For long indulgence to their fears or grief: Unanimous they all commit the care And management of this man enterprise To him, their great Dictator, whose attempt At first against mankind so well had thrived In Adam's overthrow, and led their march From Hell's deep-vaulted den to dwell in light, Regents, and potentates, and kings, yea gods, Of many a pleasant realm and province wide.
During this period Jonson was under the patronage of various nobles, and he also reigned as dictator at the club of literary men which Sir Walter Raleigh had founded at the Mermaid Tavern (so called, like other inns, from its sign).
** A decade before this speech of Everhard's, the New York Board of Trade issued a report from which the following is quoted: "The railroads control absolutely the legislatures of a majority of the states of the Union; they make and unmake United States Senators, congressmen, and governors, and are practically dictators of the governmental policy of the United States."
Ironically, the case for the odious debt doctrine is strongest if the doctrine has no effect on the probability that the dictator will be overthrown.
He said PTI's government is the continuation of dictatorship from dictator Gen Zia to dictator Pervaiz Musharraf.