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Definition of Dictatorship

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country ruled by a dictator; tyranny, absolute rule; position of a dictator
Dictatorship Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The office, or the term of office, of a dictator; hence, absolute power.
  
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dictatorship
\dic*ta"tor*ship\ (?), n. the office, or the term of office, of a dictator; hence, absolute power.
dictatorship
n : 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, one-man rule, shogunate, stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny]



JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Rhwyfolaeth = n. dictatorship
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
(synonym) absolutism, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny
(hypernym) autocracy, autarchy
(hyponym) police state
Dictatorship Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
A Glossary of Political Economy Terms
Government by a single person (or group) whose discretion in using the powers and resources of the state is unrestrained by any fixed legal or constitutional rules and who is (are) in no effective way held responsible to the general population or their elected representatives.

[See also: republic, autocracy, oligarchy, aristocracy, monarchy, state, democracy, theocracy]

Dictatorship Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
A dictatorship is defined as an autocratic or authoritarian form of government in which a government is ruled by an individual: a Dictator as in an oligarchy. It has three possible meanings:
  1. A Roman dictator was the incumbent of a political office of legislate of the Roman Republic. Roman dictators were allocated absolute power during times of emergency. Their power was originally neither arbitrary nor unaccountable, being subject to law and requiring retrospective justification. There were no such dictatorships after the beginning of the 2nd century BC, and later dictators such as Sulla and the Roman Emperors exercised power much more personally and arbitrarily.
  2. A government controlled by one person, or a small group of people. In this form of government the power rests entirely on the person or group of people, and can be obtained by force or by inheritance. The dictator(s) may also take away much of its peoples' freedom.
  3. In contemporary usage, dictatorship refers to an autocratic form of absolute rule by leadership unrestricted by law, constitutions, or other social and political factors within the state.

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Dictatorship Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
English - Klingon
n. HI'tuy