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[doo-chey; Italian doo-che] /ˈdu tʃeɪ; Italian ˈdu tʃɛ/

noun, plural duces, duci
[doo-chee] /ˈdu tʃi/ (Show IPA)
a leader or dictator.
il Duce, the leader: applied especially to Benito Mussolini as head of the fascist Italian state.
[eel doo-chey; Italian eel doo-che] /il ˈdu tʃeɪ; Italian il ˈdu tʃɛ/
(def 2).
[moo s-uh-lee-nee, moo-suh-; Italian moos-saw-lee-nee] /ˌmʊs əˈli ni, ˌmu sə-; Italian ˌmus sɔˈli ni/
[buh-nee-toh;; Italian be-nee-taw] /bəˈni toʊ;; Italian bɛˈni tɔ/ (Show IPA), (I”Il Duce”) 1883–1945, Italian Fascist leader: premier of Italy 1922–43.
/ˈduːtʃɪ; Italian ˈduːtʃe/
/Italian ˈduːtʃe/
Il Duce (il). the title assumed by Benito Mussolini as leader of Fascist Italy (1922–43)
/ˌmʊsəˈliːnɪ; Italian mussoˈliːni/
Benito (beˈniːto) known as il Duce. 1883–1945, Italian Fascist dictator. After the Fascist march on Rome, he was appointed prime minister by King Victor Emmanuel III (1922) and assumed dictatorial powers. He annexed Abyssinia and allied Italy with Germany (1936), entering World War II in 1940. He was forced to resign following the Allied invasion of Sicily (1943) and was eventually shot by Italian partisans

1923, title assumed by Benito Mussolini (1883-1945); Italian, literally “leader,” from Latin ducem (see duke (n.)).


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