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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for dictatorialness

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 dictatorialness

dictatorial

adj.

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

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