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