Definition of dictatorship in US English:

dictatorship

noun

  • 1Government by a dictator.

    ‘forty years of dictatorship’
    • ‘Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, and Dachau became synonyms for the inhuman dictatorship of National Socialism.’
    • ‘This is not democracy, it is dictatorship, and it is borderline fascism.’
    • ‘When I was growing up, I was taught that communism leads to dictatorship and capitalism leads inevitably to democracy.’
    • ‘Mallorca and the rest of Spain were going through the political transition from dictatorship to democracy.’
    • ‘The Portuguese fascist dictatorship was overthrown by the people, allied to sections of the army, in 1974.’
    • ‘I remember replying that this was a quite hopeless analysis, absolutely disastrous to the left since it bound them to a state capitalist dictatorship.’
    • ‘Over the past two decades, Taiwan has moved from dictatorship to democracy.’
    • ‘The word dictatorship conjures up an image of repression, especially for anyone who has suffered under a right wing dictatorship or in a Stalinist state.’
    • ‘In 1993, the government changed from a communist dictatorship to a democracy with a free-market economy.’
    • ‘To ask dictatorship to be democratic is utopian.’
    • ‘The result of their gamble was military dictatorship and fascism throughout Europe.’
    • ‘The bombings draw attention to the brutal military dictatorship.’
    • ‘Religious dominance of politics will only push democracy into anarchy and dictatorship.’
    • ‘It is an advance on dictatorship or autocracy and has had to be fought for and won.’
    • ‘Today we define despotism (along with dictatorship and totalitarianism) as a form of government.’
    • ‘Socialists defend the institutions of parliamentary democracy against dictatorship or fascism.’
    • ‘The mayhem of World War II was followed by more than 40 years of Communist dictatorship in Central and Eastern Europe.’
    • ‘One of the key indicators of a society that is transforming from democracy to fascism or dictatorship is government control of the press.’
    • ‘Nothing ever halted his rickshaw, he declared with pride, whether colonialism, occupation, dictatorship or democracy.’
    • ‘It failed, the monarchy resorted to military dictatorship, and the Democratic leaders were driven into exile.’
    absolute rule, undemocratic rule, despotism, autocracy
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    1. 1.1 A country governed by a dictator.
      • ‘We aren't fighting to support a corrupt military dictatorship, we're fighting to destroy one.’
      • ‘Totalitarian dictatorships provided us with a variety of examples, but democracies provided some examples as well.’
      • ‘He realized early on that the idea of achieving a modus vivendi with the National Socialist dictatorship was out of the question.’
      • ‘In addition, there are plenty of other dictatorships around the world.’
      • ‘Civil war broke out in several countries, as dictatorships propped up by the two sides began to crumble.’
      • ‘The wall stood as a grim symbol of the separation of free people and those living under dictatorships.’
      • ‘The CP also denied the crimes of Stalin and the dictatorships of Eastern Europe.’
      • ‘These are the types of measures usually associated with military or fascist dictatorships.’
      • ‘The stunning tropical paradise has been transformed into a brutal totalitarian dictatorship where violations of fundamental human rights are commonplace.’
      • ‘I would think that Socialists would oppose religious dictatorships and monarchies at the drop of a hat.’
      • ‘A body dominated by dictatorships is never going to promote democratic values.’
      • ‘This was done in many ways, in particular by using pro-Western dictatorships during the Cold War period.’
      • ‘He gave full support to apartheid South Africa and to military dictatorships in Central and South America.’
      • ‘By the end of that year, every communist dictatorship in Central America had collapsed.’
      • ‘At the same time, supporters of right-wing dictatorships ascended to the highest offices of the Church.’
      • ‘As more of the world's countries adopt democracy, more American businesses appear to prefer dictatorships.’
      • ‘Once they came to power they turned to totalitarian dictatorships.’
      • ‘It is among the most corrupt dictatorships on the face of the planet.’
      • ‘Its intention was to create an autarchic agrarian dictatorship.’
      • ‘It matters little whether these countries are democracies or dictatorships.’
      totalitarian state, autocracy, autarchy, monocracy
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    2. 1.2 Absolute authority in any sphere.
      • ‘The senator believed that the New Deal represented an unconstitutional step towards executive dictatorship.’
      • ‘Instead, we suffer a good deal more from elective dictatorship, with prime ministers and premiers able to shape the political agenda with a freer hand.’
      • ‘When a totalitarian communist dictatorship rises to power, it is quite another thing.’
      • ‘It was the open terroristic dictatorship of the most reactionary, chauvinist, and imperialist elements of German finance capital.’
      • ‘The only problem is this: how do you stop councils of workers becoming dictatorships of party officials?’
      • ‘Love conquered hate, peace conquered war, and freedom and democracy banished oppression and dictatorship.’
      • ‘What this creates, then, is teacher dominance that borders on dictatorship.’
      • ‘That outdated notion seems to have disappeared circa 1979 when Mrs Thatcher swept her elected dictatorship into power.’
      • ‘I absolutely believe in a dictatorship when it comes to leading my band.’
      • ‘Banning hunting is Aristotle's tyranny of democracy and parliamentary dictatorship.’
      • ‘With the advent of peace came the esthetic dictatorship of Socialist Realism.’
      • ‘It is the oppression and the absolute dictatorship and severe corruption which is producing this sort of circumstance.’
      • ‘This leaves no place for patriarchy, religious fundamentalism, or dictatorships.’
      • ‘I conclude with a discussion of group choice, exploring mechanisms, such as democracy and dictatorship, for achieving this.’
      • ‘Marx believed that the working class should seize the apparatus of the State and establish the dictatorship of the proletariat.’

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