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.

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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 forms of dictatorial

dictatorially, adverbdictatorialness, noun
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