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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.

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(91) The 1548-9 entry simultaneously reflects both the prior misrule established in 1544-5 and a still somewhat novel determination to preserve a tradition 'kept from yere to yere', in perpetuity, by statute.
The New York Times in 1895 called the Fantastics "intolerable" and a "public nuisance" although the newspaper conceded that children might think them funny.(27) We find decreasing tolerance for misrule on Thanksgiving not in the early nineteenth century, as had been the case with Christmas, but around 1890.
FUN ENSUES The lord of misrule and his followers party at Seaton Delaval Hall as part of the Twelfth Day event
Set in the ramshackle racing world of West Virginia in the 1970s, Lord of Misrule was described as "vivid, memorable and linguistically rich" by judges.
Darjeeling has the potential to develop into one of the finest hill resorts in the country but, unfortunately, due to the CPM's misrule it is in a mess.
Our Labour Government is well intentioned but when it took power after 18 years of Tory misrule it desperately lacked experience.
After three years of Labour and Liberal misrule in Wales little has been achieved.
In this book, Chris Humphrey reviews well-known theories of festive misrule in the first two chapters and then tests them through specific case studies of Norwich and Coventry in chapters three and four.
Corruption and misrule have left Congo in economic ruin.
Nissenbaum is less interested in origins though, for his story begins in the early modern period when the Christmas season was celebrated as a period of "misrule" resembling Carnival in both form and function.
While noting that Kogi people can no longer take the sufferings that have become unbearable any longer, he said many Kogi people have lost their lives because of APC misrule and Gov Bello's ineptitude.
Meanwhile, AICC general secretary KC Venugopal said that the people of Rajasthan have chosen the Congress to get rid of "misrule and anti-people policies" of Vasundhara Raje led BJP government.