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Dalmatia Tweet Definition of Dalmatia Like Definition of Dalmatia on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A region in Croatia, on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea.
  2. An historic Roman province.
decurion Tweet Definition of decurion Like Definition of decurion on Facebook
noun
  1. An officer in charge of ten men in the ancient Roman army.
  2. A member of local government in ancient Rome.
demiurge Tweet Definition of demiurge Like Definition of demiurge on Facebook
noun
  1. something (as an institution, idea, or individual) conceived as an autonomous creative force or decisive power
that too was a gain in spiritual balance, provided the machine was not conceived as a demiurge that ruled all other human needs<br>-- wikipedia:Lewis Mumford, Lewis Mumford
demos Tweet Definition of demos Like Definition of demos on Facebook
noun
  1. Plural of demo.
dictator Tweet Definition of dictator Like Definition of dictator on Facebook
noun
  1. Originally, a magistrate without colleague in republican ancient Rome, who held full executive authority for a term grated by the senate (legislature), typically to conduct a war
  2. A totalitarian leader of a dictatorship. They wield absolute authority, usually to the detriment of the people (evil dictator), however, there are cases (such as benevolent dictators) where they are beneficial.
  3. A tyrannical boss
  4. A person who dictates text (e.g. letters to a clerk)
dux Tweet Definition of dux Like Definition of dux on Facebook
noun (du, ces)
  1. (Scotland, New Zealand, Australia) The top student in a class.
  2. A high-ranking commander in the Roman army, responsible for more than one legion.

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