1. dictatorship

noun. ['dɪkˈteɪtɝˌʃɪp'] a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.).


  • despotism
  • totalitarianism
  • autarchy
  • police state
  • monocracy
  • authoritarianism
  • shogunate
  • Stalinism
  • Caesarism
  • one-man rule
  • autocracy
  • tyranny


  • -ship (English)
  • -sciepe (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
  • dictator (English)
  • dictator (Latin)

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Rhymes with Dictatorship

  • airship
  • ambassadorship
  • apprenticeship
  • authorship
  • battleship
  • bipartisanship
  • bipartisanship
  • blankenship
  • brinkmanship
  • brinksmanship
  • censorship
  • chairmanship
  • championship
  • citizenship
  • companionship
  • conservatorship
  • consulship
  • craftsmanship
  • craftsmanship
  • dealership

Sentences with dictatorship

1. Noun, singular or mass
A military dictatorship is formed when a leader uses the military to obtain and remain in power.

Quotes about dictatorship

1. I grew up in Cuba under a strong, military, oppressive dictatorship. So as a teenager, I found myself involved in a revolution. I remember during that time, a young, charismatic leader rose up, talking about hope and change. His name was Fidel Castro.
- Rafael Cruz

2. It's true that General Musharraf opposes my return, seeing me as a symbol of democracy in the country. He is comfortable with dictatorship. I hope better sense prevails.
- Benazir Bhutto

3. I am a strong believer in the tyranny, the dictatorship, the absolute authority of the writer.
- Philip Pullman