Dictatorship - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌdɪkˈtərʃɪp|  American pronunciation of the word dictatorship
Brit.  |dɪkˈteɪtəʃɪp|  British pronunciation of the word dictatorship


- a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.) (syn: absolutism, authoritarianism, caesarism, despotism, monocracy, shogunate, stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny)


The country suffered for many years under his dictatorship.

His enemies accused him of establishing a dictatorship.

Under the dictatorship of Mussolini, personal freedom was restricted.

The country made a peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy.

...the underlying differences between democracy and dictatorship...

...a small but well-organized republican movement working quietly to overthrow the military dictatorship...

...dissenting views were ruthlessly suppressed under the dictatorship...

...the legitimacy of the military dictatorship was not recognized by most other nations...

The barbarism of his dictatorship cannot be ignored.

the ouster of the brutal dictatorship

The aristocracy supported the military dictatorship.

when liberty becomes license dictatorship is near

...the insurgence eventually succeeded in undermining the corrupt dictatorship...

Word forms

singular: dictatorship
plural: dictatorships
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