duce, Span, caudillo; shah, khan, rajah, mogul, sultan, emir, caliph, sheik; chief, ruler, leader, headman, sachem; overlord, lord, oppressor, master; disciplinarian, martinet, commander, taskmaster; pasha, bashaw, sirdar.
dictatorial, adj. 1. absolute, unlimited, unrestricted, arbitrary, omnipotent, all-powerful; autocratic, totalitarian, monocratic, authoritarian.
2. tyrannical, despotic, oppressive, iron-handed; imperious, overbearing, peremptory, positive, authoritative, high-handed, Inf. bossy; haughty, arrogant, supercilious, lordly, high-and-mighty.
dictatorship, n. 1. autarchy, totalitarian state, absolute monarchy.
2. autocracy, absolutism, despotism, totalitarianism, authoritarianism, monocracy, one-man rule, one-party rule; tyranny, uncontrolled or unlimited authority, complete control, absolute power or control, iron hand, iron fist, iron rule; reign of terror.
diction, n. 1. writing style, language, vocabulary, usage, word choice, wording, phraseology, phrase, phrasing, verbalism; idiom, terminology, Inf. lingo, jargon, argot, cant; dialect, patois.
2. accent, stress, inflection, intonation, Linguistics. prosody; enunciation, pronunciation, elocution, delivery; fluency, articulateness, eloquence, silver tongue, oratory, rhetoric.
3. command of language, word sense, feel for words, Ger. sprachgeflihl.
dictionary, n. wordbook, lexicon, Webster, glossary, gloss; encyclopedia, cyclopedia.
dictum, n. 1. axiom, maxim, precept, dictate; proverb, adage, aphorism, gnome, apothegm, moral, saying, Archaic, word, Archaic, sentence; cliche, saw, platitude, truism, Inf. bromide.
2. command, order, charge. See - dictate (def. 3).
didactic,, adj. 1. instructive, instructional, propaedeutical, preceptive, educational, educative, informational, informative; moralistic, moralizing, homiletic, homiletical, Inf. preachy.
2. didactics art or science of teaching, pedagogics, pedagogy; teaching; instruction, schooling, tuition.
die, v. 1. expire, decease, meet death, cease to live, lose one's life, lay down one's life, SI. bite the dust, SI. kick the bucket, SI. kick in; give up the ghost, breathe one's last, draw one's last breath, SI. croak; pass away, pass on, be no more, go the way of all flesh, pay the debt of nature, pay Charon, SI. cash in, SI. cash in one's chips, Si. turn up one's toes, Inf. push up daisies, be numbered with the dead; go to one's reward, go to one's resting place, go to one's last home, leave this world, Euph. go west, cross the Styx.
2. end, come to an end, come to nothing, die away; vanish, disappear, be gone, be heard of no more, leave no trace, be lost to view; melt away, dissolve.
3. stop, come to a full stop, halt, SI. conk out, SI. go dead, Inf. fizzle out, peter out, break down.
4. weaken, lose strength, languish, sink, droop, fade, waste away, lapse, fail, faint; wane, ebb, evanesce; decline, deteriorate, degenerate, fall off, Chief. Biol. retrograde, wear away, disintegrate, crumble, molder; wither, go to seed, go bad, rot.
5. pine for, long for, hunger for, crave, hanker after, be bent on, want, desire, covet.
6. die down fade away, recede, lull, wane, let up, abate, subside, become calm or quiet, pass, cease.
die-hard, n. 1. Inf. bitter-ender, intransigent, irreconcilable, resister; extremist, fanatic, zealot; reactionary, ultraconservative, radical.
-adj. 2. intransigent, irreconcilable, uncompromising, adamant, steeled; resisting, unyielding, inflexi