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Definition of Dictatorship

(noun) A type of government in which one individual or a small group has authority over the government or people of a country or State.

Dictatorship Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈdɪkteɪdərˌʃɪp/
    • British English
      • /dɪkˈteɪtəʃɪp/
  • Syllabification: (dic·ta·tor·ship)

Usage Note

  • Plural: dictatorships

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Dictatorship

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “dictatorship.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/dictatorship/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

dictatorship. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/dictatorship/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “dictatorship.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/dictatorship/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“dictatorship.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 17 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/dictatorship/>.