From Latin dictātor (“a chief magistrate”), from dictō (“dictate, prescribe”), from dīcō (“say, speak”).
Surface analysis is dictate + -or (“(agent)”) “one who dictates”.
dictator (plural dictators)
- 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
- A totalitarian leader of a country, nation, or government
- A tyrannical boss, or authority figure
- A person who dictates text (e.g. letters to a clerk)
- A ruler or Führer, the highest level of authority.
totalitarian leader of a dictatorship
dictator m (plural dictatoren or dictators, diminutive dictatortje n)
- dictator (bossy senses)
dictō (“I dictate”) + -tor
dictātor m (genitive dictātōris); third declension
- an elected chief magistrate
- one who dictates.