dictablanda

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A pun on dictadura (dictatorship), reanalyzing the -dura as being the adjective dura (hard) and replacing it with the adjective blanda (soft). Compare Portuguese ditabranda.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /dik.ta.ˈblan.da/

Noun[edit]

dictablanda f (plural dictablandas)

  1. a soft-handed dictatorship
    • 1994, Santiago Álvarez, Negrín, personalidad histórica, Ediciones de la Torre, page 54:
      [] , durante la dictablanda que sucedió a la dictatura de Primo de Rivera.
      [] , during the soft-handed dictatorship that followed Primo de Rivera’s dictatorship.