Definition of "dictatorship" []

  • The office or tenure of a dictator. (noun)
  • A state or government under dictatorial rule. (noun)
  • Absolute or despotic control or power. (noun)
  • The rank, office, or period of rule of a dictator (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Government by a dictator or dictators (noun)
  • A country ruled by a dictator or dictators (noun)
  • Absolute or supreme power or authority (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "dictatorship" in a sentence
  • "And so the dictatorship of the proletariat becomes the _dictatorship of a single person_, a super-boss and industrial autocrat: We must learn to combine the stormy, energetic breaking of all restraint on the part of the toiling masses _with iron discipline during work, with absolute submission to the will of one person, the Soviet director, during work_. ["
  • "We will have a judiciary that will think a dictatorship is appropriate."
  • "And I don't use that term lightly; the very definition of a dictatorship is a system that puts a ruler above the law."