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Negative ConnotationPlay
Dictator has a negative meaning, suggesting oppression and lack of freedom. SlidePeople often flee from countries ruled by a dictator.
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Today, 'dictator' is generally used for leaders who've seized power, not elected ones. SlideThe international community condemned the dictator's rise to power.
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Dictators often use force or manipulation to maintain control over a nation. SlideThe dictator silenced opposition to prevent uprisings.