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dictatorial

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adjective dic·ta·to·ri·al \ˌdik-tə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl\

Simple Definition of dictatorial

  • : of, relating to, or ruled by a dictator

  • —used to describe a person who tries to control other people in a forceful and unfair way

Full Definition of dictatorial

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or befitting a dictator <dictatorial power> b :  ruled by a dictator

  2. 2 :  oppressive to or arrogantly overbearing toward others

dic·ta·to·ri·al·ly play \-ē-ə-lē\ adverb
dic·ta·to·ri·al·ness noun

Examples of dictatorial

  1. He was given dictatorial powers.

  2. <a dictatorial leader with total control over people's lives>



1701

First Known Use of dictatorial

1701

Synonym Discussion of dictatorial

dictatorial, magisterial, dogmatic, doctrinaire, oracular mean imposing one's will or opinions on others. dictatorial stresses autocratic, high-handed methods and a domineering manner <exercised dictatorial control over the office>. magisterial stresses assumption or use of prerogatives appropriate to a magistrate or schoolmaster in forcing acceptance of one's opinions <the magisterial tone of his pronouncements>. dogmatic implies being unduly and offensively positive in laying down principles and expressing opinions <dogmatic about what is art and what is not>. doctrinaire implies a disposition to follow abstract theories in framing laws or policies affecting people <a doctrinaire approach to improving the economy>. oracular implies the manner of one who delivers opinions in cryptic phrases or with pompous dogmatism <a designer who is the oracular voice of fashion>.


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