dictator

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Etymology[edit]

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

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪkˈteɪtə(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdɪkteɪtəɹ/
    • (file)

Noun[edit]

dictator (plural dictators)

  1. A totalitarian leader of a country, nation, or government.
    Dictators are always punished eventually.
  2. (historical) 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.
  3. A tyrannical boss or authority figure.
  4. A person who dictates text (e.g. letters to a clerk).

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin dictātor.

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

  1. dictator (tyrant, despot)
  2. (historical) dictator (Roman magistrate with expanded powers)

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

dictō (I dictate) +‎ -tor

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dictātor m (genitive dictātōris); third declension

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

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative dictātor dictātōrēs
Genitive dictātōris dictātōrum
Dative dictātōrī dictātōribus
Accusative dictātōrem dictātōrēs
Ablative dictātōre dictātōribus
Vocative dictātor dictātōrēs

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References[edit]

  • dictator in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • dictator in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • dictator in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • dictator in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to name a person dictator: dictatorem dicere (creare)
    • a dictator appoints a magister equitum: dictator dicit (legit) magistrum equitum
  • dictator in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • dictator in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French dictateur, Latin dictator.

Noun[edit]

dictator m (plural dictatori)

  1. dictator

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