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[dik-tuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌdɪk təˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/
of or relating to a dictator or dictatorship.
appropriate to, or characteristic of, a dictator; absolute; unlimited:
dictatorial powers in wartime.
inclined to dictate or command; imperious; overbearing:
a dictatorial attitude.
Origin of dictatorial
1695-1705; < Latin dictātōri(us) (equivalent to dictā(re) (see dictate) + -tōrius -tory1) + -al1
Related forms
dictatorially, adverb
dictatorialness, noun
nondictatorial, adjective
nondictatorially, adverb
nondictatorialness, noun
semidictatorial, adjective
semidictatorially, adverb
semidictatorialness, noun
undictatorial, adjective
undictatorially, adverb
2. totalitarian. 3. despotic, tyrannical, autocratic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dictatorial
  • His critics call him authoritarian and at times dictatorial.
  • Even in authoritarian, dictatorial systems, there is something that has set them apart.
  • State companies compete at home and their decision-making is consensual rather than dictatorial.
  • Or it can be used in a dictatorial set up against political enemies.
  • The paradox of the dictatorial personality is that it can't replicate itself.
  • But he was often dictatorial in manner and could be vengeful.
  • Stories about his dictatorial management style have sullied his reputation.
  • Society must have freedoms or else return to dictatorial or autocratic rule.
  • They are dictatorial and becoming more and more nationalist.
  • Now this is a chance to make it clear and to prevent the spread of dictatorial governance methods.
British Dictionary definitions for dictatorial


of or characteristic of a dictator
tending to dictate; tyrannical; overbearing
Derived Forms
dictatorially, adverb
dictatorialness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dictatorial

1701; see dictator + -ial. Related: Dictatorially.

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