dic|ta|tor|ship «dihk TAY tuhr shihp, DIHK tay-», noun.
1. the position or rank of a dictator: »

The dictatorship of almost every country that has one is filled by a military tyrant.

2. the period of time a dictator rules: »

The dictatorship of the tyrant was an unhappy time for teachers, students, and writers.

3. power to give orders that must be obeyed: »

The majority were the more radical, and took charge, establishing a dictatorship of the proletariat (Emory S. Bogardus).

4. a country under the rule of a dictator: »

The little dictatorship was rocked by a revolution.

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