[ noun ] (politics,government) a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
Used in print(Harold Rosenberg, "The Trial and Eichmann"...)
In each of the last , the trial marked the beginning of a new course : in Moscow the liquidation of the Old Bolsheviks and the tightening of Stalin 's dictatorship ; in the United_States the initiation of militant anti Communism , with the repentant ex Communist in the vanguard .(Brainard Cheney, "Christianity and the Tragic Vision-Ut...)
This notion of the General Will gave_rise to the Commune_of_Paris in the Revolution and later brought Napoleon to dictatorship .
And it is clearly argued by Lord_Percy of Newcastle , in his remarkable long essay , The Heresy_of_Democracy , and in a more general way by Voegelin , in his New_Science_of_Politics , that this same Rousseauan idea , descending through European democracy , is the source of Marx 's theory of the dictatorship of the proletariat .