follow Dictionary.com

It’s about time. We are now on Instagram!

dictatorial

[dik-tuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌdɪk təˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining 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
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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
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

dictatorial

/ˌdɪktəˈtɔːrɪəl/
adjective
1.
of or characteristic of a dictator
2.
tending to dictate; tyrannical; overbearing
Derived Forms
dictatorially, adverb
dictatorialness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for dictatorial
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for dictatorial

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for dictatorial

14
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with dictatorial