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dictator +‎ -ship

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪkˈteɪtə(ɹ)ʃɪp/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdɪkteɪtəɹʃɪp/

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dictatorship (plural dictatorships)

  1. A type of government where absolute sovereignty is allotted to an individual or a small clique.
  2. A government which exercises autocratic rule.
    There were no elections during Franco's dictatorship.
  3. Any household, institution, or other organization that is run under such sovereignty or autocracy.

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