dictatorial

adjective
dic·​ta·​to·​ri·​al | \ ˌdik-tə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce dictatorial (audio) \

Definition of dictatorial

1a : of, relating to, or befitting a dictator dictatorial power
b : ruled by a dictator
2 : oppressive to or arrogantly overbearing toward others

Other Words from dictatorial

dictatorially \ ˌdik-​tə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce dictatorial (audio) \ adverb
dictatorialness noun

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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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He was given dictatorial powers. a dictatorial leader with total control over people's lives
Recent Examples on the Web Voters, many too young remember, were partly seduced by the 64-year-old’s misleading presentation of his late father’s dictatorial rule as a halcyon economic age to be revived. Time, 13 May 2022 These verbal ornaments give the actors something to work with, lines to inflect and emotions to contrive, as hectic distractions from the fact that their characters are purely puppets, pulled by the dictatorial strings of plot. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2022 Argentina’s dictatorial leader, General Juan Manuel de Rosas, came to power in 1829 and consolidated his informal, extraconstitutional rule by 1835. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 Dogs' understanding of the absolute no may be connected to the structure of their packs, which are not egalitarian like those of the wolves but dictatorial, the center's researchers have discovered. Virginia Morell, Scientific American, 1 July 2015 Russia replaced one dictatorial regime with another with the massacre of Nicholas II and his family in a basement in Yekaterinburg and the ascent of Vladimir Lenin in Moscow. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 7 Mar. 2022 Italy is also reported to have opposed the measure in order to maintain some leverage over Russia’s dictatorial president, Vladimir Putin. David Meyer, Fortune, 25 Feb. 2022 His family emigrated to the U.S. from Russia 24 years ago to escape the dictatorial regime of now-president Vladimir Putin. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2022 But there are also significant differences between many of these governments and movements, as well as with the first pink wave and with the traditional autocratic, dictatorial left in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Jorge G. Castañeda, CNN, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dictatorial

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dictatorial

Latin dictātōrius "of a dictator" (derivative of dictātor dictator) + -al entry 1

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16 May 2022

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“Dictatorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dictatorial. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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