(1883-1945) an Italian leader known as "Il Duce", who established the system of fascism and ruled Italy as a dictator from 1925-43. He fought with Germany in World War II against the Allies, but because of his armies' failures, he was forced to give up power in 1943. After the war he was shot and killed by Italian partisans.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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