Word for a supporter/believer in the cause of a dictator (but is not one themselves), or the concept of dictatorship in the general sense.

Dictatorist? Despotist?

  • autocrats? authoritarians? – anongoodnurse Feb 22 '14 at 5:51
  • @Susan "Autocrat" is the ruler him/herself, not the supporter. – David Richerby Feb 22 '14 at 11:09
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    A "fascist pig"? – rhetorician Feb 22 '14 at 22:58

Despotist does seem to be a word. From Merriam-Webster:

despotist: an advocate or supporter of despotism

Another option to consider is totalitarian. From Collins:

totalitarian: a person who advocates or practises totalitarian policies

  • Yes Oxford Dictionaries also have it as a noun (which surprised me). Well discovered! – WS2 Feb 22 '14 at 7:53
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    A dictatorship does not necessarily need to be totalitarian. – Sebastian Negraszus Feb 22 '14 at 8:40

Authoritarian. From the Oxford English Dictionary:

A. adj. Favourable to the principle of authority as opposed to that of individual freedom.

1879 Daily News 28 June 2/6 Men who are authoritarian by nature, and cannot imagine that a country should be orderly save under a military despotism.
1882 Contemp. Rev. Sept. 459 Communists of the ‘Authoritarian’ type.

B. n. One who supports the principle of authority.

1883 Times 2 Jan. 3/1 [Gambetta] was accused of being an authoritarian.
1884 Seeley in Encycl. Brit. XVII. 226/1 A lover of liberty, not an authoritarian.

  • "Authoritarian" is, perhaps, a bit broad. For example, an authoritarian school teacher would be one who believed in strict classroom discipline, without necessarily saying anything about their political beliefs. – David Richerby Feb 22 '14 at 11:08
  • @DavidRicherby: Yes, it covers more than just what Southpaw wants. But it does cover it! – Cerberus_Reinstate_Monica Feb 22 '14 at 16:56

You could also go for fascist though, strictly speaking, a dictatorship need not be a fascist dictatorship by definition. However, the term fascist is used to describe any type of authoritarianism today, even if not linked to the specific political system. See, for example, the 3rd definition below (source):

fas·cist [fash-ist]

  1. a person who believes in or sympathizes with fascism.

  2. ( often initial capital letter ) a member of a fascist movement or party.

3. a person who is dictatorial or has extreme right-wing views.

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