Definition of dictator noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪkˈteɪtə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɪkteɪtər//
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  1. 1a ruler who has complete power over a country, especially one who has gained it using military force
  2. 2a person who behaves as if they have complete power over other people, and tells them what to do Her father was a dictator and the whole family was afraid of him.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin, from dictat- ‘dictated’, from the verb dictare.Extra examples He was seen by many as a benevolent dictator. It’s worrying that soon any tinpot dictator will be able to get his hands on nuclear weapons. The country has long been ruled by a right-wing dictator. The country suffered at the hands of a series of military dictators.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dictator