This page is about the dysphemism dictator
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.
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.
Contributor: Matt Errey