Definition of dictatorship in English:

dictatorship

Line breaks: dic¦ta¦tor|ship
Pronunciation: /dɪkˈteɪtəʃɪp
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1Government by a dictator: the effects of forty years of dictatorship
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  • Socialists defend the institutions of parliamentary democracy against dictatorship or fascism.
  • This is not democracy, it is dictatorship, and it is borderline fascism.
  • When I was growing up, I was taught that communism leads to dictatorship and capitalism leads inevitably to democracy.
Synonyms
1.1 [count noun] A country governed by a dictator.
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  • I would think that Socialists would oppose religious dictatorships and monarchies at the drop of a hat.
  • Once they came to power they turned to totalitarian dictatorships.
  • This was done in many ways, in particular by using pro-Western dictatorships during the Cold War period.
Synonyms
1.2Absolute authority in any sphere.
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  • It is the oppression and the absolute dictatorship and severe corruption which is producing this sort of circumstance.
  • That outdated notion seems to have disappeared circa 1979 when Mrs Thatcher swept her elected dictatorship into power.
  • What this creates, then, is teacher dominance that borders on dictatorship.

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