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Meaning: an authoritarian leader who abuses political and human rights
He might have been democratically elected, but he's still a dictator.
We call any leader who refuses to support our national interests a dictator, even if he isn't.
Note: The word "dictator" is a dysphemism when used instead of a neutral word like "president" to make a leader seem worse than he or she really is. It's often used in this way when countries with opposing national interests are engaged in a "war of words". Other words used in this way include "tyrant", "despot" and "autocrat", and more general words like "monster", "brute" and "murderer" are also often used.
"Dictator" is often used as a dysphemism when countries are