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

     

    dictatorship

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪkˈteɪtəʃɪp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪkˈtərʃɪp//
     
    Political views and systems
     
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] government by a dictator CollocationsPoliticsPower create/​form/​be the leader of a political party gain/​take/​win/​lose/​regain control of Congress start/​spark/​lead/​be on the brink of a revolution be engaged/​locked in an internal power struggle lead/​form a rival/​breakaway faction seize/​take control of the government/​power bring down/​overthrow/​topple the government/​president/​regime abolish/​overthrow/​restore the monarchy establish/​install a military dictatorship/​a stable government be forced/​removed/​driven from office/​power resign/​step down as party leader/​an MP/​president/​prime minister enter/​retire from/​return to political lifePolitical debate spark/​provoke a heated/​hot/​intense/​lively debate engage in/​participate in/​contribute to (the) political/​public debate (on/​over something) get involved in/​feel excluded from the political process launch/​start/​lead/​spearhead a campaign/​movement join/​be linked with the peace/​anti-war/​feminist/​civil rights movement criticize/​speak out against/​challenge/​support the government lobby/​put pressure on the government (to do something) come under fire/​pressure from opposition partiesPolicy call for/​demand/​propose/​push for/​advocate democratic/​political/​land reform(s) formulate/​implement domestic economic policy change/​influence/​shape/​have an impact on government/​economic/​public policy be consistent with/​be in line with/​go against/​be opposed to government policy reform/​restructure/​modernize the tax system privatize/​improve/​deliver/​make cuts in public services invest (heavily) in/​spend something on schools/​education/​public services/(the) infrastructure nationalize the banks/​the oil industry promise/​propose/​deliver/​give ($80 billion in/​significant/​substantial/​massive) tax cuts a/​the budget is approved/ (especially North American English) passed by parliament/​congressMaking laws have a majority in/​have seats in Parliament/​Congress/​the Senate propose/​sponsor a bill/​legislation/​a resolution introduce/​bring in/​draw up/​draft/​adopt/​pass a bill/​a law/​legislation/​measures amend/​repeal an act/​a law/​legislation veto/​vote against/​oppose a bill/​legislation/​a measure/​a proposal/​a resolution get/​require/​be decided by a majority vote See related entries: Political views and systems
  2. 2[countable] a country that is ruled by a dictator
  3. Wordfindercapitalism, communism, democracy, dictatorship, fascism, imperialism, liberal, radical, socialism, systemExtra examples The generals established a military dictatorship. These men had all lived under dictatorship. They succeeded in overthrowing the fascist dictatorship. the atrocities that took place during his dictatorship The commission will investigate the atrocities which took place during his dictatorship. These were the first democratic elections after 36 years of right-wing dictatorship. They had lived for almost 50 years under a fascist dictatorship.
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