Definition of dictatorial adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdɪktəˈtɔːriəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪktəˈtɔːriəl//
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  1. 1connected with or controlled by a dictator a dictatorial ruler a dictatorial regime
  2. 2using power in an unreasonable way by telling people what to do and not listening to their views or wishes dictatorial behaviour
  3. Word Originearly 18th cent.: from Latin dictatorius (from dictator: from dictat- ‘dictated’, from the verb dictare) + -al.Extra examples He described the proposals as ‘unilateral, arbitrary and dictatorial’. He didn’t want to seem too dictatorial. He still remembers the dictatorial reign of Stalin’s last years. She was fed up with his dictatorial attitude. The military leader gradually assumed more and more dictatorial powers.
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