dictatorial

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

Definition of dictatorial

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, or befitting a dictator dictatorial powerb :  ruled by a dictator

  2. 2 :  oppressive to or arrogantly overbearing toward others

dictatorially

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dictatorialness

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Examples of dictatorial in a Sentence

  1. He was given dictatorial powers.

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

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First Known Use of dictatorial

1587

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

DICTATORIAL Defined for English Language Learners

dictatorial

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adjective

Definition of dictatorial for English Language Learners

  • : 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



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