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dictatorial

[dik-tuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌdɪk təˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a dictator or dictatorship.
2.
appropriate to, or characteristic of, a dictator; absolute; unlimited:
dictatorial powers in wartime.
3.
inclined to dictate or command; imperious; overbearing:
a dictatorial attitude.
Origin of dictatorial
1695-1705
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
Synonyms
2. totalitarian. 3. despotic, tyrannical, autocratic.
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  • Let it not be supposed that her temper was either sour or dictatorial.

    The Exiles of Faloo Barry Pain
  • She was a lean, yellow, dictatorial young person with no conversation.

  • He prescribes with dictatorial omniscience what is good, what is bad, what should be practised and what avoided.

  • But she was harsh-looking, had a harsh voice, and was dictatorial.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • If you find her refractory, be patient and persuasive, instead of dictatorial.

    At Last Marion Harland
British Dictionary definitions for dictatorial

dictatorial

/ˌdɪktəˈtɔːrɪəl/
adjective
1.
of or characteristic of a dictator
2.
tending to dictate; tyrannical; overbearing
Derived Forms
dictatorially, adverb
dictatorialness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dictatorial
adj.

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

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