dictator

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From Latin dictātor (a chief magistrate), from dictō (dictate, prescribe), from dīcō (say, speak).

Surface analysis is dictate +‎ -or ((agent)) “one who dictates”.

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dictator (plural dictators)

  1. Originally, a magistrate without colleague in republican ancient Rome, who held full executive authority for a term granted by the senate (legislature), typically to conduct a war
  2. A totalitarian leader of a country, nation, or government
  3. A tyrannical boss, or authority figure
  4. A person who dictates text (e.g. letters to a clerk)
  5. A ruler or Führer, the highest level of authority.

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dictator m (plural dictatoren or dictators, diminutive dictatortje n)

  1. dictator (bossy senses)

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From dictō (dictate, prescribe), from dīcō (say, speak).

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dictātor m (genitive dictātōris); third declension

  1. an elected chief magistrate
  2. one who dictates.

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Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative dictātor dictātōrēs
genitive dictātōris dictātōrum
dative dictātōrī dictātōribus
accusative dictātōrem dictātōrēs
ablative dictātōre dictātōribus
vocative dictātor dictātōrēs

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