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dictatorial

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of dictatorial

  1. 1 exercising power or authority without interference by others a dictatorial leader with total control over people's lives Synonyms of dictatorial arbitrary, autocratic (also autocratical), czarist (also tsarist or tzarist), despotic, absolute, monocratic, tyrannical (also tyrannic), tyrannousWords Related to dictatorial authoritarian, jackbooted, oppressive, totalitarian; antidemocratic, antirepublican; high-handed, magisterial; domineering, imperious, masterful; all-powerful, almighty, omnipotent; autonomous, self-governing, self-ruling, sovereign (also sovran); unconditional, unlimitedNear Antonyms of dictatorial circumscribed, restrained, restricted; constitutional, lawful; democratic, republicanAntonyms of dictatorial limited

  2. 2 fond of ordering people around no surprise that the dictatorial manager is highly unpopular among employees Synonyms of dictatorial authoritarian, authoritative, autocratic (also autocratical), despotic, bossy, domineering, imperious, masterful, overbearing, peremptory, tyrannical (also tyrannic), tyrannousWords Related to dictatorial arrogant, assumptive, disdainful, fastuous, haughty, highfalutin (also hifalutin), high-and-mighty, high-hat, huffy, important, lofty, lordly, overweening, presuming, presumptuous, pretentious, proud, self-asserting, supercilious, superior, toplofty (also toploftical), uppish, uppity; commanding, controlling, dictating, regimental; arbitrary, high-handed, imperial; directorial, magisterial; aggressive, assertive, self-assertive; imperative; conceited, narcissistic, pompous, vain; all-powerful, almighty, omnipotent; firm, sternNear Antonyms of dictatorial humble, meek, modest, unassuming; amenable, docile, obedient, tractable; indecisive, irresolute; acquiescent, compliant, passive, resigned, submissive, yielding

  3. 3 having or showing a tendency to force one's will on others without any regard to fairness or necessity even the teachers chafed under the dictatorial rule of the principal Synonyms of dictatorial arbitrary, high-handed, imperious, peremptory, willful (or wilful)Words Related to dictatorial arrogant, commanding, demanding, dominant, domineering, haughty, imperative, lordly, masterful, overbearing, presumptuous; authoritarian, autocratic (also autocratical), despotic, totalitarian, tyrannical (also tyrannic), tyrannous; capricious, changeable, erratic, inconsistent, mercurial, whimsical; biased, inequitable, partisan, prejudiced, unequal, unfair, unjust, unrealistic, unreasonable; unconscionable, unethical, unprincipled, unscrupulousNear Antonyms of dictatorial balanced, disinterested, dispassionate, equal, equitable, evenhanded, fair, impartial, just, nonpartisan, objective; rational, reasonable, understanding; unbiased, unprejudiced; ethical, honorable, irreproachable, law-abiding, moral, principled, unimpeachable

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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