Dictatorial Dic`ta*to"ri*al, a. [Cf. F. dictatorial.] 1. Pertaining or suited to a dictator; absolute. [1913 Webster]

Military powers quite dictatorial. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

2. Characteristic of a dictator; imperious; dogmatical; overbearing; as, a dictatorial tone or manner. -- {Dic`ta*to"ri*al*ly}, adv. -- {Dic`ta*to"ri*al*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • dictatorialness — noun see dictatorial …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dictatorialness — noun The state or quality of being dictatorial …   Wiktionary

  • dictatorialness — n. quality of dictator or tyrant …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dictatorialness — dic·ta·to·ri·al·ness …   English syllables

  • dictatorialness — noun see dictatorial …   Useful english dictionary

  • dictatorial — adjective Date: 1701 1. a. of, relating to, or befitting a dictator < dictatorial power > b. ruled by a dictator 2. oppressive to or arrogantly overbearing toward others • dictatorially adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dictatorial — dictatorially, adv. dictatorialness, n. /dik teuh tawr ee euhl, tohr /, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a dictator or dictatorship. 2. appropriate to, or characteristic of, a dictator; absolute; unlimited: dictatorial powers in wartime. 3. inclined… …   Universalium

  • dictatorial — /dɪktəˈtɔriəl/ (say diktuh tawreeuhl) adjective 1. of or relating to a dictator or a dictatorship. 2. appropriate to, or characteristic of, a dictator; absolute; unlimited. 3. inclined to dictate or command; imperious; overbearing: a dictatorial… …   Australian English dictionary

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