• WordNet 3.6
    • n dictatorship a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dictatorship The office, or the term of office, of a dictator; hence, absolute power.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dictatorship The office or dignity of a dictator; the term of a dictator's office.
    • n dictatorship Absolute authority; dogmatism.
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  • Samuel Himmel
    Samuel Himmel
    “A dictatorship is a country where they have taken the politics out of the politics.”
  • George Orwell
    “One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship.”
  • Plato
    “Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.”
  • Noam Chomsky
    “I have often thought that if a rational Fascist dictatorship were to exist, then it would choose the American system.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    “True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.”
  • Harry S Truman
    “Whenever you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.”


In literature:

This implied an eventual dictatorship.
"The Frontier" by Maurice LeBlanc
Under what conditions is a dictatorship a necessary form of control?
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
In each case we have a military dictatorship as the final outcome of a civil war.
"Social Rights and Duties, Volume I (of 2)" by Sir Leslie Stephen
What wonder if he could not suddenly rise to dictatorship?
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Davies, William, letter to concerning dictatorship in 1781, 286.
"Patrick Henry" by Moses Coit Tyler
But throughout history, this elite, whether monarchy, oligarchy, dictatorship or junta, has been unable to perpetuate itself.
"Forever" by Robert Sheckley
During the first quarter of the nineteenth century the dictatorship of David was supreme.
"Six Centuries of Painting" by Randall Davies
The hereditary dictatorship of a united world had spoken.
"Join Our Gang?" by Sterling E. Lanier
Brougham made a great pother about the rights of freemen, usurpation, dictatorship.
"The Winning of Popular Government" by Archibald Macmechan
And he was going out of his dictatorship in a golden glow of glory.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White

In poetry:

France is too poor to pay alone
The service of that ample spirit;
Paltry seem low dictatorship and throne,
Weighed with thy self-renouncing merit;
They had to thee been rust and loss;
Thy aim was higher,--thou hast climbed a Cross!
"To Lamartine" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

That classic adage of how information flows in a dictatorship has always fitted Syria rather well.
More than 60,000 Africans mostly from Eritrea, Sudan, and South Sudan have come to Israel fleeing harsh dictatorships, oil conflicts, and genocide.
Today's Politically Incorrect Headlines: Dictatorship Plan For America 2012.
N early a year ago, Burma, one of the world's most oppressive military dictatorships, held elections that were widely regarded as a sham.
Humberto Gordon, who commanded the Chilean secret police for seven years in Gen Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship, died on June 15 in his house near Santiago.
Why Is Obama Selling Arms to a Theocratic Dictatorship.
The 17-year dictatorship was embraced (and even now continues to be seen positively) by a large segment of Chilean society.
In reality, however, the dissidents who are now in politics were often also close to the center of power during the dictatorship.
Protesters chant slogans during a protest commemorating the student uprising against a military dictatorship in 1973, at the northern city of Thessaloniki Greece, Sat.
Many Greeks hold the US responsible for backing the 1967-1974 dictatorship.
Among the communist dictatorships of eastern Europe, Albania's was the poorest and quirkiest.
The North Vietnamese army had helped its local friends to impose a one-party communist dictatorship on a South Vietnam most of whose people did not want it.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Roman Catholic bishops in Argentina deny claims by a former dictator that the church was complicit in crimes committed by the 1976-1983 military dictatorship .
As they did 12 years ago, the bishops asked for forgiveness for the behavior of some members of the church during the brutal dictatorship .
Human Rights Watch calls Obiang's rule a " dictatorship .".

In science:

The H -Test is a (k + |E |)-function dictatorship test that makes |E | + 2k queries and has completeness 1.
A Hypergraph Dictatorship Test with Perfect Completeness
We prove here that active testing of dictatorships over the uniform distribution requires Ω(log n) queries by proving a Ω(log n) lower bound on dactive (u) for any u = poly(n); in fact, this result holds even for the specific choice of π ′ as random noise (the uniform distribution over all functions).
Active Property Testing
Active testing of dictatorships under the uniform distribution requires Ω(log n) queries.
Active Property Testing
Theorem 6.7 shows that testing dictatorship in the active testing model requires Ω(log n) queries.
Active Property Testing
Use of the new Gaussian stability result of Isaksson and Mossel [IM12] to construct a ‘‘dictatorship” test for MAX-3-EQUAL.
Explicit Optimal Hardness via Gaussian stability results