• A totalitarian leader of a country, nation, or government.
  • 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 tyrannical boss or authority figure.
  • A person who dictates text (e.g. letters to a clerk).


  • From Latin dictātor, from dictō, from dīcō.
  • Surface analysis is dictate + -or “one who dictates”.

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