(noun) “[A] form of government in which a single person (or a very small group) wields complete and absolute authority over a government or populace after the dictator rises to power, usually through economic or military might” (OpenStax College 2012).

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OpenStax College. 2012. Forms of Government. Connexions, May 18, 2012. (http://cnx.org/content/m42914/1.2/).