What does the word dictator mean?

Usage examples for dictator

  1. But when Pompeius in what he said affected to decline the honour, though in fact he was more than anything else labouring to bring about his appointment as dictator, Cato, who saw through his intention, persuaded the Senate to appoint him sole consul, that he might not by violent means get himself made dictator, and might be contented with a mere constitutional monarchy. – Plutarch's Lives Volume III. by Plutarch
  2. In 1622 created cardinal; in 1624 councillor of state, and from that time till his death practically dictator of France. – The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History by Various
  3. If we examine the different stages of humanity, we shall find almost at every one a dictator. – The Roman Question by Edmond About