[syn: authoritarian, dictator]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dictator \Dic*ta"tor\, n. [L.]
1. One who dictates; one who prescribes rules and maxims
authoritatively for the direction of others. --Locke.
2. One invested with absolute authority; especially, a
magistrate created in times of exigence and distress, and
invested with unlimited power.
Invested with the authority of a dictator, nay, of a
pope, over our language. --Macaulay.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a speaker who dictates to a secretary or a recording
2: a ruler who is unconstrained by law [syn: dictator,
3: a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner; "my boss is a
dictator who makes everyone work overtime" [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
30 Moby Thesaurus words for "dictator":
Simon Legree, absolute monarch, absolute ruler, all-powerful ruler,
arrogator, autarch, authoritarian, authoritative, autocrat, caesar,
commissar, czar, despot, disciplinarian, doctrinaire, driver, duce,
hard master, martinet, oligarch, oppressor, overlord, pharaoh,
slave driver, stern, stickler, strong man, tyrant, usurper,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
DICTATOR, civil law. A Magistrate at Rome invested with absolute power. His
authority over the lives and fortunes of the citizens was without bounds.
His office continued but for six months. Hist. de la Jur. h.t.; Dig. l, 2,
18; Id. 1, 1, 1.
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
DICTATOR, n. The chief of a nation that prefers the pestilence of
despotism to the plague of anarchy.