definitions of a dictatorship?

what are some short definitions of a dictatorship?

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  • 10 years ago
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    dic·ta·tor·ship (dk-ttr-shp, dkt-)


    1. The office or tenure of a dictator.

    2. A state or government under dictatorial rule.

    3. Absolute or despotic control or power.

    The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


    dictatorship [dɪkˈteɪtəˌʃɪp]


    1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the rank, office, or period of rule of a dictator

    2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) government by a dictator or dictators

    3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a country ruled by a dictator or dictators

    4. absolute or supreme power or authority

    Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003



    1. a despotic system ruled by a dictator possessing absolute power and absolute authority.

    2. the office of a dictator. — dictatorial, adj.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    1.A Roman dictator was the incumbent of a political office 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.

    Some of this is long, but you can shorten it down. This was copied from Wikipedia :)

    hope this helps (:

    - victoria

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    A dictator is basically a guy/gal who rules a place without any right to, ie. no royal family/voted in. Often they become nasty when their people tell them to step down, like Col. Gaddafi

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