1 : The office of dictator. 2 : Autocratic rule, control, or leadership. 3 a : A form of government in which absolute power is concentrated in a dictator or a small clique. b : a government organization or group in which absolute power is so concentrated. c : a despotic state.
The country suffered for many years under his dictatorship.
Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin were dictators.
1 : A political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition. 2 : A tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control.