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 notdoctrinaire 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
Examples of dogmatic in a Sentence
What we are being treated to, clearly, is an extended set of variations on that most ancient of all intellectual chestnuts, the infinite capacity of the professorial mind for the dogmatic and ludicrous misinterpretation of evidence regarding past civilizations.— Peter Green, New Republic, 20 Mar. 2000The New York Times, dogmatic as always, claimed that "facts and reason, the authority of all dictionaries, and the support of every chronologer and historian that ever lived, to say nothing of the invariable understanding and custom of all lands and ages" underlay its choice of 1901. It spoke dismissively of "the delusion that there is a controversy as to when the twentieth century begins," even as the controversy dragged on in its pages for a year and a half.— Frederic D. Schwarz, American Heritage, December 1999After absorbing one magazine's strict injunctions on such topics as the number of saucepans to register for and which varieties of flowers hold up best in bouquets, I would move on to another mag, only to find an equal number of equally dogmatic assertions, delivered with equal certainty and often in complete contradiction with the first set.— Ruth Halikman, New Republic, 18 Oct. 1999
She's become so dogmatic lately that arguing with her is pointless.
a critic's dogmatic insistence that abstract expressionism is the only school of 20th century art worthy of serious study
Recent Examples on the WebBut Mandel was never dogmatic about her authority to begin with.
Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2022 Doing away with that veto-proof majority wouldn’t necessarily mean a reduction in the more dogmatic wings of the party, Niven said.
cleveland, 16 Jan. 2022 Kelner’s focus on individual personalities — in particular two Islanders, a teacher and a full-time fisherman, plus one high-ranking and one volunteer Sea Shepherd — makes for a lively, non-dogmatic treatment of the subject.
Dennis Harvey, Variety, 1 Apr. 2022 That represents a mixed blessing for the most dogmatic American climate advocates.
Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 30 Mar. 2022 This perspective better recalls late-19th-century positivism or the more dogmatic materialists of the Enlightenment.
Jeffrey Collins, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 Yet this did not prevent subsequent generations from assuming dogmatic positions on one of the two possible sides of the debate concerning the boundary between the natural on the one hand and the artificial or cultural on the other.
Justin E. H. Smith, Wired, 3 Mar. 2022 That voice is everywhere, dogmatic, inspiring, incoherent, and lurid as a drill sergeant.
Roger Robinson, Outside Online, 20 Apr. 2020 The group is forcing media to follow two of the Taliban’s dogmatic and moral regulatory bodies’ guidelines.
Atal Ahmadzai, The Conversation, 18 Jan. 2022 See More
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