Meaning of dictator

dic•ta•tor

Pronunciation: (dik'tā-tur, dik-tā'tur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person exercising absolute power, esp. a ruler who has absolute, unrestricted control in a government without hereditary succession.
  2. (in ancient Rome) a person invested with supreme authority during a crisis, the regular magistracy being subordinated to him until the crisis was met.
  3. a person who authoritatively prescribes conduct, usage, etc.: a dictator of fashion.
  4. a person who dictates, as to a secretary.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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