dictatorial


dictatorial
adjective Date: 1701 1. a. of, relating to, or befitting a dictator <
dictatorial power
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b. ruled by a dictator 2. oppressive to or arrogantly overbearing toward others • dictatorially adverbdictatorialness noun Synonyms: dictatorial, magisterial, dogmatic, doctrinaire, oracular mean imposing one's will or opinions on others. dictatorial stresses autocratic, high-handed methods and a domineering manner <
exercised dictatorial control over the office
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. magisterial stresses assumption or use of prerogatives appropriate to a magistrate or schoolmaster in forcing acceptance of one's opinions <
the magisterial tone of his pronouncements
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. dogmatic implies being unduly and offensively positive in laying down principles and expressing opinions <
dogmatic about what is art and what is not
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. doctrinaire implies a disposition to follow abstract theories in framing laws or policies affecting people <
a doctrinaire approach to improving the economy
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. oracular implies the manner of one who delivers opinions in cryptic phrases or with pompous dogmatism <
a designer who is the oracular voice of fashion
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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