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