dictatorships1) N-VAR Dictatorship is government by a dictator.
...a new era of democracy after a long period of military dictatorship in the country.
...countries which are ruled by dictatorships.2) N-COUNT A dictatorship is a country which is ruled by a dictator or by a very strict and harsh government.
Every country in the region was a military dictatorship.Syn:
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Dictatorship — Dic*ta tor*ship, n. The office, or the term of office, of a dictator; hence, absolute power. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
dictatorship — index oppression Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
dictatorship — 1580s, from DICTATOR (Cf. dictator) + SHIP (Cf. ship) … Etymology dictionary
dictatorship — [n] absolute rule authoritarianism, autocracy, coercion, despotism, fascism, garrison state, Nazism, reign of terror*, totalitarianism, tyranny, unlimited rule; concepts 133,299,641 Ant. democracy … New thesaurus
dictatorship — ► NOUN 1) government by a dictator. 2) a country governed by a dictator … English terms dictionary
dictatorship — [dik′tāt΄ər ship΄, dik′tāt′er ship΄] n. 1. the position or office of a dictator 2. the time during which a dictator rules 3. a state ruled by a dictator 4. absolute power or authority … English World dictionary
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dictatorship — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ communist, fascist ▪ left wing, right wing ▪ military ▪ totalitarian ▪ brutal … Collocations dictionary
dictatorship — n. 1) to establish, set up a dictatorship 2) an absolute; benevolent; brutal; military; ruthless dictatorship * * * [dɪk teɪtəʃɪp] benevolent brutal military ruthless dictatorship set up a dictatorship an absolute to establish … Combinatory dictionary
dictatorship — /dik tay teuhr ship , dik tay /, n. 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.… … Universalium