Definitions

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  • n. A female dictator.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman who dictates or commands.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A female dictator; a woman who commands arbitrarily and irresponsibly.

Etymologies

dictator +‎ -ess (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He is conscious of the tension between America's battered interventionism and John Quincy Adams's warning "not to go abroad in search of monsters to destroy, nor become the dictatress of the world."

    Simon Jenkins: Democracy Calling

  • “She might become the dictatress of the world,” Adams concluded, but “she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.”

    A Fanciful Neocon Version Of Our Expansionist History

  • She might become the dictatress of the world: she would no longer be the ruler of her own spirit.

    Eyeless in Iraq

  • She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.

    John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

  • I was flattered with this confidence of the dictatress of the

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • She has taken it into her head, I fear, that I am here as a restraint upon her; a sort of lady spy, a duenna, a dictatress, all combined in one, and all unpleasant.

    Springhaven : a Tale of the Great War

  • Juan ready by autumn, or a little later, as I obtained a permission from my dictatress to continue it, -- _provided always_ it was to be more guarded and decorous and sentimental in the continuation than in the commencement.

    Life of Lord Byron, Vol. 5 (of 6) With His Letters and Journals

  • They talked on, and in the way she talked Veronica showed that while her character had grown in three-quarters of a year from girlhood to womanhood, and from womanhood to the half-imperial masculinity of a dictatress, her heart was younger than the youngest, was as unsuspicious of itself as a child's, ready to give itself in an innocent generosity which could not conceive that giving might mean being taken, or be as like it as to deceive such a willing, love-sick man as poor Gianluca.

    Taquisara

  • She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.’

    The Pursuit of Happiness

  • Moreover, while America’s revolutionary origins and republican form of government might make it sympathetic toward those seeking freedom elsewhere, America’s early leaders cautioned against idealistic attempts to export our way of life; according to John Quincy Adams, America should not go “abroad in search of monsters to destroy” nor “become the dictatress of the world.”

    The Audacity of Hope

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