Definition of Dictator

1. Noun. A speaker who dictates to a secretary or a recording machine.

Generic synonyms: Speaker, Talker, Utterer, Verbaliser, Verbalizer
Derivative terms: Dictate

2. Noun. A ruler who is unconstrained by law.

3. Noun. A person who behaves in a tyrannical manner. "My boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime"
Exact synonyms: Authoritarian
Specialized synonyms: Big Brother, Disciplinarian, Martinet, Moralist
Generic synonyms: Oppressor
Derivative terms: Dictate

Definition of Dictator

1. n. One who dictates; one who prescribes rules and maxims authoritatively for the direction of others.

Definition of Dictator

1. Noun. 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 ¹

2. Noun. A totalitarian leader of a country, nation, or government ¹

3. Noun. A tyrannical boss, or authority figure ¹

4. Noun. A person who dictates text (e.g. letters to a clerk) ¹

5. Noun. A ruler or Führer, the highest level of authority. ¹

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Definition of Dictator

1. one that dictates [n -S] - See also: dictates

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dictator

dictated but not read
dictation machine
dictation machines
dictator (current term)
dictatorship of the majority
dictatorship of the proletariat

Literary usage of Dictator

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1. A History of Rome by Robert Fowler Leighton (1883)
"Sulla dictator with Full Powers.—On the motion of L. Valerius Flaccus, the chief of the senate, Sulla was appointed dictator with full' powers to regulate ..."

2. Library of the World's Best Literature: Ancient and Modern by Edward Cornelius Towne (1898)
"dictator, The. by Justin McCarthy. When Justin McCarthy published 'The ... 'The dictator,' a story of contemporary life in England, gives scope to its ..."

3. Roman Antiquities ...: Designed to Illustrate the Latin Classics, by by Alexander Adam (1839)
"Why wa« the dictator so called ? What other names did he bear? ... To what limits wa* the numina- tion of a dictator confined ? 043. ..."

4. Roman Public Life by Abel Hendy Jones Greenidge (1901)
"As the dictator was a lesser king, the magister equitum was a greater lieutenant ; but, in spite of the theoretical independence of his position, ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"dictator, the highest extraordinary magistrate of the ancient Roman republic. ... It lay with the senate to decide when the services of a dictator were ..."

6. Roman Antiquities: Or, An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Romans by Alexander Adam (1833)
"THE dictator was so called, either because he was named by the consul, (quod a consule ... It is uncertain who was first created dictator, or in what year. ..."

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