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benevolent dictatorship

A manner of ruling that is or resembles a dictatorship, the authoritarianism of which is ostensibly mitigated or justified by the benefits afforded to the people under its control. He's really popular as a leader, though. I think the people see his government as something of a benevolent dictatorship. Many people in the country actually celebrate the autocrat's rule as a benevolent dictatorship. Sure, their individual freedoms are curtailed, but they never have to worry about food, shelter, or medical care.
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benevolent overlord

A person, group, or government described as generous to those over which it has power and control. Used ironically or sarcastically. Our boss, the benevolent overlord, has given us Christmas Day off from work, even though we still need to come in for the rest of the week! Today, we learned that our right to vote was revoked unless we showed public support for our benevolent overlords.
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Several prominent people or their ancestors are buried in the Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery.
Adding, Deputy Commissioner Badin said that he was trying his best to get approve of 50 millions grant for Muno Bhai Thalassemia Care Center Badin from the budget of Govt of Sindh as it can survive without support of the individual benevolent.
Flight Lieutenant Simon Footer, chief flying instructor at the university, said: "One of the key pillars of training is charity work, every year the students choose to support the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund."
Benevolent AI uses artificial intelligence to discover and develop new medicines, and recently unveiled a partnership with British pharmaceutical giant Astrazeneca.
The new rates of benevolent fund grants will be applicable from May 10 while increase in marriage and funeral grant will be implemented after May 10.
According to sources, the regional boards of Federal Benevolent Fund had received 8,199 fee reimbursement applications from July 2018 to January 2019.
The Uni's Neil Baistow said: "Having been finalists in the Benevolent Bowl and won a league and cup double last season, we want to win every game.
On March 1, the plaintiff, the Sue Hing Benevolent Association in San Francisco, held a press conference to announce its victory in the appeal court.
The RAF Benevolent Fund had thousands of messages of support from around the world.
The statement reads: "Harry's family wish to express their thanks to the British Consulate, the RFL Benevolent Fund, and all friends and well wishers who have supported them during this very difficult period.
The grant is the latest round of support from the RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) to Erskine, bringing the total amount granted to more than PS1.5million.
(8) The three latter types of states--burdened societies, outlaw states, and benevolent absolutisms--are treated in the nonideal part of the theory, covering cases of noncompliance and unfavorable conditions.
ACS Umar Rasool directs PBF secretary to revise existing welfare schemes for govt employeesDirects to introduce new methods to further facilitate workersBoard approves scholarships worth Rs888,000,000 for employees' childrenApproves monthly aid of Rs688,000,000 for widows of deceased employeesLAHORE:Punjab Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Umar Rasool has directed the Punjab Benevolent Fund secretary to revise the existing welfare schemes for the employees and to introduce new methods in a bid to further facilitate the workers.The ACS issued these directives while presiding a meeting of the Punjab Benevolent Fund Board, where he also directed the secretary to seek assistance from experts of the private sector on the matter and also welcome suggestions from the government employees.
LAHORE -- Some of the functions of the Punjab Government Servants Benevolent Fund have been placed under the Lahore Deputy Commissioner's Office .