Meaning of dictatorial in English:


Pronunciation /dɪktəˈtɔːrɪəl/

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  • 1Of or typical of a ruler with total power.

    ‘a dictatorial regime’
    • ‘Such violent protests might have been tolerated in the past because there were no other channels for expressing opinions during the dictatorial regimes.’
    • ‘Mike explains why resistance was so difficult under the rigid, dictatorial regime which still called itself socialist.’
    • ‘They rejected a proposal that would have augmented the powers of the already dictatorial presidency.’
    • ‘Mussolini was not in a position whereby he could assert his authority and it is probable that the extent of his dictatorial powers never did equal those acquired by Hitler.’
    • ‘This corrupt and dictatorial regime is fully backed by the western powers.’
    • ‘In response, she declares a state of emergency and assumes dictatorial powers, restricting many freedoms.’
    • ‘Trotsky even hinted that if, as seemed likely, Russia was again attacked by foreign powers, he would ask for dictatorial powers and direct the war effort.’
    • ‘The act gave Hitler what he wanted - dictatorial power.’
    • ‘Piedmontese commissars sent to Venice by Charles Albert were almost immediately withdrawn, and Manin assumed dictatorial powers.’
    • ‘So it appears that the Americans are quite happy working with extreme dictatorial regimes.’
    • ‘Is the appointed representative of a dictatorial regime a legitimate representative in the UN?’
    • ‘The Yugoslav regime became increasingly dictatorial, ruling provinces through military governors.’
    • ‘Napoleon now became Consul for life, with almost dictatorial powers.’
    • ‘Chile's return to democracy was preceded by 17 years of dictatorial rule.’
    • ‘Bishops who toed his line were given land, tax exemptions and dictatorial powers.’
    • ‘In fact, Lenin had not been less dictatorial or less ruthless than Stalin.’
    • ‘Only undemocratic, dictatorial and authoritarian countries would seek to deprive the right of others to speak.’
    • ‘The citizenry of totalitarian or violently dictatorial states have no legitimate means to discharge this fear.’
    • ‘In some cases, a republic may be a dictatorial or totalitarian state.’
    • ‘Previously, they had not just a dictatorial government, but in many ways a totalitarian government and leader.’
    autocratic, monocratic, undemocratic, totalitarian, authoritarian
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    1. 1.1Having or showing an autocratic manner.
      ‘his mother-in-law was somewhat dictatorial’
      • ‘Still, it is clear she disapproves of his conceited manner and dictatorial inclinations.’
      • ‘He will be autocratic and dictatorial, and things will only happen his way or not at all.’
      • ‘But typically the dictatorial F1 supremo doesn't see this setback as remotely his Waterloo!’
      • ‘She is not, of course; but does her work have overtones of a totalitarian or dictatorial mentality?’
      • ‘In his work and his personality, Rand comes off as dictatorial.’
      • ‘Which is part of the charm for Coutts, whose curating style has never been dictatorial.’
      • ‘He in fact wanted to jettison anyone who would stand up to his dictatorial tendencies.’
      • ‘I'd much rather have a spirit of cooperation among sovereign states than a dictatorial global public health regime.’
      tyrannical, domineering, despotic, oppressive, draconian, iron-handed, iron-fisted, imperious, lordly, magisterial, officious, overweening, overbearing, bossy, repressive, peremptory, high-handed, authoritarian, autocratic, dogmatic, high and mighty
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Late 16th century from Latin dictatorius (from dictator see dictator)+ -al.