The office, or the term of office, of a dictator; hence, absolute power.
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\dic*ta"tor*ship\ (?), n. the office, or the term of office, of a dictator; hence, absolute power.
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]