Definition of dictatorship in English:


Syllabification: dic·ta·tor·ship
Pronunciation: /dikˈtātərˌSHip, ˈdiktātər-


  • 1Government by a dictator: 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.
  • 1.1A 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.
  • 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    • That outdated notion seems to have disappeared circa 1979 when Mrs Thatcher swept her elected dictatorship into power.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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