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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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On arriving at Heathrow airport, in the UK capital, Galloway said: "It's always been a badge of honour to be deported by a tin-pot dictator and that's what happened this morning.
I would rather stand alongside our Queen and first-class army than a tin-pot dictator and a ragbag army any day.
It would be an international free-for-all with every tin-pot dictator the world over seeing the climb-down as a green light for them to kill and terrorise at will.
Words that leave the future monarch wide open to accusations of hypocrisy (and I'm not merely talking about having a dad parades more trinkets on his chest than the worst tin-pot dictator.
Nor do we indulge in aggressive military displays were the cruel hardware of war and the massed ranks of potential canon fodder are paraded in front of a tin-pot dictator.
Adolf Hitler was much more than the tin-pot dictator that Saddam Hussein was.
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.
Which is why I loathe this growing wave of poppy fascism, whereby tin-pot dictators deride nonwearers as insulters of the dead.
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.