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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dictator 
  n  1:  someone  who  rules  unconstrained  by  law  [syn:  {potentate}] 
  2:  behaves  like  a  tyrant  [syn:  {authoritarian}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  DICTATOR,  n.  The  chief  of  a  nation  that  prefers  the  pestilence  of 
  despotism  to  the  plague  of  anarchy. 
 
 




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