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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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forcing the former dictatorial president to flee the country, the Libyan dictator is trying to challenge their will," the human rights groups' joint statement said.
According to Bardulj Zaimi, the attack over the media is the first step to authoritarianism with dictatorial performances.
'I will be campaigning to ensure that Britain leaves this corrupt, bureaucratic, dictatorial regime in Brussels and to get our country back -not just from Brussels but from the lying politicians in Westminster who don't listen to what the people want and indeed to get our country back from the politically correct crowd from whom we have to ask permission on what we think and what we say before we speak,' he said.
In what remains his most celebrated novel, Nineteen Eighty Four, George Orwell (1903-50) described life in a dictatorial society where every human instinct of love or compassion was mercilessly suppressed and put down.
Mr Justice Newman said: "It was a hallmark of the dictatorial style of Mr Amaitis's management."
SOUTHERN African leaders gathered in Malawi to seek ways of ending the turmoil in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe has been granted virtual dictatorial authority to stay in power.
In the decade of NIF dictatorial rule in Sudan (1989-1999), the same disasters were equally spread to the western and eastern regions of Sudan with the continuity of civil war.
CARACAS -- A newly established opposition group, calling itself the Civic Action Coordinator, warned the military that President Hugo Chavez may use any type of dissent or alleged conspiracy as a pretext for seizing dictatorial powers.
Abuse, however, is one of the constant dangers of the authoritarian system, constructed along dictatorial lines, that has prevailed historically in dance for much too long.
At its extreme, such attitudes could lead Socialists such as David Joseph Bach, the dictatorial director of the Social Democratic Art Organization (Sozialdemokratische Kunststelle), to insist that in the high arts such as music and the theatre the task was to provide the workers with the "finest |read classical~ and therefore most revolutionary art".
Janie Crawford, raised by her grandmother in rural poverty, flees her old and dictatorial husband with Joe Starks, an ambitious man who becomes the mayor of Florida's first town run by African Americans.
It was abhorrence for the devastation and corruption of the war and disgust for the dictatorial puppet government of Nguyen Van Thieu that put me on the same side of the political street as Toai by the time he was out of jail and I had come home from Vietnam in late 1969.