1. a country, government, or the form of government in which absolute power is exercised by a dictator.
  2. absolute, imperious, or overbearing power or control.
  3. the office or position held by a dictator.


  1. the rank, office, or period of rule of a dictator
  2. government by a dictator or dictators
  3. a country ruled by a dictator or dictators
  4. absolute or supreme power or authority

1580s, from dictator + -ship.

Government by a single person or by a junta or other group that is not responsible to the people or their elected representatives.

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