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[ US /ˌdɪktəˈtɔɹiəɫ/ ]
[ UK /dɪktɐtˈɔːɹɪəl/ ]
  1. characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty
    a tyrannical government
    a dictatorial rule that lasted for the duration of the war
    autocratic government
    an authoritarian regime
    despotic rulers
  2. expecting unquestioning obedience
    the timid child of authoritarian parents
    insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter
  3. of or characteristic of a dictator
    dictatorial powers
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How To Use dictatorial In A Sentence

  • Under Pragmatic(al) she read; meddlesome, positive, dictatorial (she snorted, irritably). BEHINDLINGS
  • Noriega had become increasingly dictatorial, relied on irregular paramilitary units, and was involved in drug trafficking.
  • In the final section of today's masterpiece on 'dirty shipping industry', he lays out approvingly what the dictatorial, self-important, unrepresentative 'greenie' lobby groups demand of shipping; Harrabin says that shipping industry is unreasonably doing what the greenies and and 'scientists' don't want, QED, shipping industry is bad. OPEN THREAD
  • Mike explains why resistance was so difficult under the rigid, dictatorial regime which still called itself socialist.
  • What they have experienced is a life of missed opportunities caused by an aging clerical leadership, massive corruption and a regime that is increasingly dictatorial. Times, Sunday Times
  • After recovering from the shock, he again manifested his dictatorial strength. The Terrors
  • I think what also countervailed any condemning supposition that Roosevelt sacrificed servicemen to get the US into a war with Japan was the real determination, lethality and tenacity of the dictatorial enemies of the US, and Europe. AP Poll: Bush Is Both the Biggest "Hero" and "Villain"
  • This financial bonfire is our Reichtag fire, and our real Fuhrer, Paulson, is requesting emergency dictatorial powers to save the nation from nonexistent, unbridled capitalism. The Highway Robber State « Antiwar.com Blog
  • Such violent protests might have been tolerated in the past because there were no other channels for expressing opinions during the dictatorial regimes.
  • Michael Pennington invests the Don's medical sidekick with exactly the right air of terrified loyalty, Oliver Cotton exudes white-suited arrogance as a dictatorial master baker, and Gavin Fowler lends his maltreated son a simmering, murderous resentment. The Syndicate – review | Michael Billington
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