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dictator

noun absolute leader, absolute ruler, autarch, autocrat, autocratic master, despot, despotic commander, despotic master, dictatorial mogul, disciplinarian, imperious commandant, inquisitor, martinet, oppressive taskmaster, oppressor, repressive governor, strict disciplinarian, tyrannical leader, tyrant

DICTATOR, civil law. A Magistrate at Rome invested with absolute power. His authority over the lives and fortunes of the citizens was without bounds. His office continued but for six months. Hist. de la Jur. h.t.; Dig. l, 2, 18; Id. 1, 1, 1.

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During the speech, our client President Erdoy-an was insulted [by being accused of] robbing the state, being a tin-pot dictator and lacking knowledge of honor and decency and, therefore, being indecent and dishonest," the president's lawyer said in the complaint.
There is no sense at all in telling some tin-pot dictator in some banana republic that he no longer owes us any money if that just encourages him to waste the resources he has got.
Adolf Hitler was much more than the tin-pot dictator that Saddam Hussein was.
He said PPP leadership had undergone world's worst media trial in the history at the hands of tin-pot dictators and other opponents but it always stood for freedom of press because our Party's ideology was to build a society based on tolerance and proactive progress.
It would be mimicking the tin-pot dictators of historical disgrace who seek to punish those who run against them.
Setting up headquarters in a hotel is what tin-pot dictators do while overthrowing incumbents.
It was Raul, after all, who had introduced Fidel to Che Guevara, the Chilean internationalist guerrilla who did more to shape Latin American thinking than a generation of tin-pot dictators propped up by dollars and dirty tricks from Washington.
I AM increasingly ashamed to have to pay my taxes to a council ruled by tin-pot dictators who are prepared to prosecute parents for the failure of their two children to attend school.
Yes, Gaddafi was a monster, but no bigger monster than the king of Saudi Arabia, and some of the other tin-pot dictators that have ruled the Middle East.
Now that we have eliminated terrorism, we cannot leave the country in the hands of tin-pot dictators,'' Fonseka, who led the army in the final campaign that vanquished the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and ended a 26-year-long civil war, told a crowded Colombo press conference.
Our statesmen got used to pretending that the perfumed representatives of smelly regimes were other than Communists, despots, tin-pot dictators, parasites, savages, desert bandits, and terrorists.
Too many in Western society are still standing by while atrocities are committed by tin-pot dictators in some parts of the world.