In Western politics, the connotation with the words “monarch” and “dictator” are incredibly different.
The word monarch is one most often associated with the (mostly) benevolent modern day British monarchy, whereas the word dictator is associated with leaders like Stalin and Hitler.
I once asked my history prof what the actual difference between a monarch and dictator was.
He claimed that monarchs claimed the right to rule on the basis that they were given that right by God.
Do you find this definition true?
Why do you think there are such different connotations with the words “monarch” and “dictator”?