My ten year old son just asked me:
” Dad , whats a dictator?”
Well says I and tried to explain it in simple terms that he would understand. It wasn’t enough and he still looks confused , so I pulled up Wikipedia , as you do and I patiently went through the details with him.
He’s still not sure and after a brief averous sigh he gets to the root of his curiosity and asked me:
“Do they get a lot of money? ”
Hmmm…. Says I. And return to what I was doing.
Two minutes later:
” Dad, Is it just dark when you die? ”
Time for your bath , says I!
a ruler with total power over a country, typically one who has obtained control by force.
A dictator is a political leader who possesses absolute power and wields it in an oppressive or abusive manner. A state ruled by a dictator is called a dictatorship. The word originated as the title of a magistrate in the Roman Republic appointed by the Senate to rule the republic in times of emergency (see Roman dictator and justitium).
Like the term “tyrant” (which was originally a respectable Ancient Greek title), and to a lesser degree “autocrat“, “dictator” came to be used almost exclusively as a non-titular term for oppressive, even abusive rule, yet it had rare modern titular use.
In modern usage, the term “dictator” is generally used to describe a leader who holds and/or abuses an extraordinary amount of personal power, especially the power to make laws without effective restraint by a legislative assembly[not verified in body]. Dictatorships are often characterised by some of the following traits: suspension of elections and civil liberties; proclamation of a state of emergency; rule by decree; repression of political opponents without abiding by the rule of law procedures; these include one-party state, and cult of personality.