The dictator oppressed the people.
The whole nation cringed to this dictator through fear.
The notorious dictator abused his privileges to his heart's content.
They struggled against the dictator.
The dictator arrogated judicial powers to himself.
These poor people were at the mercy of the cruel dictator.
The autocrat strove in vain to deal with the awkward situation.
The people followed the dictator like so many sheep.
The autocrat strove in vain to deal with the situation.
The dictator enforced obeisance on the people.