[ dik-tey-ter, dik-tey-ter ]SEE DEFINITION OF dictators
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Most of you are of no higher motivation than are the two dictators and your gangster Clyden.

Toombs and Stephens never lost their lead as dictators in Georgia politics.

Its popes, for two hundred years, were the dictators of Europe.

Republics in a crisis have always had recourse to dictators.

The dictators professions of liberalism were branded as hypocrisy.

But Kerensky was not of the stuff of which dictators are made.

They were dictators with a large D, and nobody could do a thing about it.

There were thus two dictators and no cordiality between them.

Only those generals who gain successes can set up as dictators.

From the ploughRose her dictators; fought, o'ercame return'd.


late 14c., from Latin dictator, agent noun from dictare (see dictate (v.)). Transferred sense of "one who has absolute power or authority" in any sphere is from c.1600. In Latin use, a dictator was a judge in the Roman republic temporarily invested with absolute power.