dictatorial

[ dik-tuh-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr- ]
/ ˌdɪk təˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr- /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. dictaphone,
  2. dictate,
  3. dictating machine,
  4. dictation,
  5. dictator,
  6. dictatorship,
  7. diction,
  8. dictionary,
  9. dictionary and thesaurus,
  10. dictionary attack

Origin of dictatorial

1695–1705; < Latin dictātōri(us) (equivalent to dictā(re) (see dictate) + -tōrius -tory1) + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for dictatorial

dictatorial

/ (ˌdɪktəˈtɔːrɪəl) /

adjective

of or characteristic of a dictator
tending to dictate; tyrannical; overbearing
Derived Formsdictatorially, adverbdictatorialness, noun

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Word Origin and History for dictatorial

dictatorial

adj.

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

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