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dictator

noun

  1. (speaker)  a speaker who dictates to a secretary or a recording machine
    Type of: speaker
  2. (ruler)  a ruler who is unconstrained by law
    Synonyms: potentate. Type of: ruler
  3. (oppressor)  a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner
    Synonyms: authoritarian. Type of: oppressor

Etymology summary

Latin dictator, agent noun from dictare (see "dictate" (verb)). Transf. sense of...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Dictator

a ruler who does not rule through democratic means. When other states call the head of state of a particular state a dictator, that state is called a dictatorship. The word originated as the title of a magistrate in ancient Rome appointed by the Senate... (45 of 1800 words, 7 images)

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Collins Dictionary:

dictator

a ruler who is not effectively restricted by a constitution, laws, recognized opposition, etc | an absolute, especially tyrannical, ruler | (in ... (20 of 510 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

dictator [Roman official]

in the Roman Republic, a temporary magistrate with extraordinary powers, nominated by a consul on the recommendation of the Senate and confirmed by ... (23 of 320 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/162236​/dictator

Columbia Encyclopedia:

dictator

originally a Roman magistrate appointed to rule the state in times of emergency; in modern usage, an absolutist or autocratic ruler who assumes ... (23 of 214 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/history​/A​0815454​.html

Merriam-Webster:

dictator | caesar [synonym, sense-specific] | despot [synonym, sense-specific] | f├╝hrer [synonym, sense-specific] | oppressor [synonym, sense-specific] | pharaoh [synonym, sense-specific] | strongman [synonym, sense-specific] | tyrannizer [synonym, sense-specific] | tyrant [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a person granted absolute emergency power ; especially, one appointed by ... | one that dictates (15 of 147 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/dictator

Oxford Dictionary:

dictator

a ruler with total power over a country, typically one who has obtained control by force. | a person who behaves in an autocratic way. | [ancient ... (25 of 79 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/dictator

Wiktionary:

dictator | dictators [plural] | dictatour [obsolete, sense-specific]

Originally, a magistrate without colleague in republican ancient Rome, who held full executive authority for a term granted by the senate (legislature), typically to conduct a war | A totalitarian leader of a country, nation, or government | A... (37 of 76 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/dictator

Random House Dictionary:

dictator

a person exercising absolute power, especially a ruler who has absolute, unrestricted control in a government without hereditary succession. | ... (19 of 73 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/dictator

New World Dictionary:

dictator

in ancient Rome, a magistrate with supreme authority, appointed in times of emergency | a ruler with absolute power and authority, especially one who ... (23 of 71 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dictator

Macmillan British Dictionary:

dictator [countable] | dictators [plural]

someone who uses force to take and keep power in a country | someone who tells people what to do and refuses to listen to their opinions (26 of 52 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/dictator

Cambridge Dictionary:

dictator

[disapproving] a leader who has complete power in a country and has not been elected by the people | [humorous or disapproving] a person who gives ... (25 of 50 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/dictator

American Heritage Dictionary:

dictator

An absolute ruler. | A tyrant; a despot. | An ancient Roman magistrate appointed temporarily to deal with an immediate crisis or emergency. | One who ... (23 of 38 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dictator

Encarta Dictionary:

dictator | dictators [plural]

a leader who rules a country with absolute power, usually by force | somebody who is regarded as behaving in an autocratic or domineering way | ... (24 of 110 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861604537​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

dictator

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Latin dictator, agent noun from dictare (see "dictate" (verb)). Transf. sense of "one who has absolute power or authority" in any sphere ... (25 of 46 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=dictator

Oxford Dictionary:

dictator

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin, from dictat- "dictated", from the verb dictare (see "dictate")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/dictator

Wiktionary:

dictator | dictators [plural]

Origin: Latin dictātor ("a chief magistrate"), from dictō ("dictate, prescribe"), from dīcō ("say, speak").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/dictator

New World Dictionary:

dictator

Origin: Middle English dictatour from Latin dictator: see "dictate"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dictator

Merriam-Webster:

dictator

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin, from dictare

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/dictator

Audio references

Wiktionary:

dictator | dictators [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "dictator"

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Collins Dictionary:

dictator

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

dictator [countable] | dictators [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "dictator"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/dictator

Macmillan American Dictionary:

dictator [countable] | dictators [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dictator"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

dictator

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "dictator"

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the Free Dictionary:

dictator

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Google Dictionary:

dictator | dictators [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "dictator"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

dictator

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dictator"

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YourDictionary Audio:

dictator

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "dictator" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

dictator

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "dictator" by speech synthesizer

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