Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending to dictate; domineering.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a dictator or dictatorship; autocratic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or pertaining to a dictator
  • adj. in the manner of a dictator, usually with callous disregard for others

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining or suited to a dictator; absolute.
  • adj. Characteristic of a dictator; imperious; dogmatical; overbearing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to a dictator; absolute; unlimited.
  • Pertaining to or characteristic of dictation; imperious; overbearing; dogmatic.
  • Synonyms Authoritative, Dogmatic, etc. See magisterial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or characteristic of a dictator
  • adj. expecting unquestioning obedience
  • adj. characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty

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Examples

  • A Democrat who had originally requested a Justice Department -- Justice Department probe of the program says he will ask Mr. Bush to allow one now, saying, we can't have a president acting in what he called a dictatorial fashion.

    CNN Transcript Jul 18, 2006

  • Putin accused the United States of pursuing what he called a dictatorial foreign policy.

    CNN Transcript Dec 3, 2004

  • The SPLA is fighting for autonomy for southern Sudan while the northern Sudanese opposition forces are fighting to topple what they call the dictatorial Islamic regime in Khartoum to replace it with a democratic government.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The SPLA is fighting for autonomy for southern Sudan while the northern Sudanese opposition forces are fighting to topple what they call the dictatorial Islamic regime of president Omar Beshir.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Even if one has a mind to, how does a chap go about becoming a specialist in dictatorial representation?

    The Pariah Guy

  • So if we remember that politics are politics even in dictatorial regimes, we must realize Mr.K. came to the United States under a considerable emotional compulsion to demonstrate to the folks back home that he was not, as his enemies say, soft on Capitalism.

    Gains and Losses in the Cold War

  • Can we find such weaknesses in dictatorial nations with which we have to compete?

    Save Our Timber and Forest Industries

  • The current regime, though theocratic and dictatorial, is not as unhinged as Kim’s.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: February 19, 2010

  • "Enough" of what they repeatedly called the dictatorial regime of Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki.

    Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia Say 'Enough'; Demand Regime Change

  • According to Crozier, the “position gave him virtually unlimited power to dictate to the Executive Yuan, bully the Legislative Yuan, and by-pass the Judicial Yuan,” but in the words of Edgar Snow, it was “merely recognizing with a title the dictatorial authority which he has long exercised over the party, the government and the army.”

    The Last Empress

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