What does dictatorial mean?

Definitions for dictatorial
ˌdɪk təˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-dic·ta·to·ri·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dictatorialadjective

    of or characteristic of a dictator

    "dictatorial powers"

  2. authoritarian, dictatorial, overbearingadjective

    expecting unquestioning obedience

    "the timid child of authoritarian parents"; "insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter"

  3. authoritarian, autocratic, dictatorial, despotic, tyrannic, tyrannicaladjective

    characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty

    "an authoritarian regime"; "autocratic government"; "despotic rulers"; "a dictatorial rule that lasted for the duration of the war"; "a tyrannical government"


  1. dictatorialadjective

    of or pertaining to a dictator

  2. dictatorialadjective

    in the manner of a dictator, usually with callous disregard for others

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dictatorialadjective

    Authoritative; confident; dogmatical; overbearing.

    Etymology: from dictator.

    A young academick often dwells upon a journal, or an observator that treats of trade and politicks in a dictatorial style, and is lavish in the praise of the author. Isaac Watts.


  1. dictatorial

    A dictator is a political leader who possesses absolute power. A dictatorship is a state ruled by one dictator or by a small clique. The word originated as the title of a Roman dictator elected by the Roman Senate to rule the republic in times of emergency (see Roman dictator and justitium).Like the term tyrant, and to a lesser degree autocrat, dictator came to be used almost exclusively as a non-titular term for oppressive rule. In modern usage the term dictator is generally used to describe a leader who holds or abuses an extraordinary amount of personal power. Dictatorships are often characterised by some of the following: suspension of elections and civil liberties; proclamation of a state of emergency; rule by decree; repression of political opponents; not abiding by the procedures of the rule of law, and the existence of a cult of personality centered on the leader. Dictatorships are often one-party or dominant-party states.A wide variety of leaders coming to power in different kinds of regimes, such as one-party states, dominant-party states, and civilian governments under a personal rule, have been described as dictators.


  1. dictatorial

    Dictatorial generally refers to a person, behavior, or system that is characterized by the autocratic, absolute, or oppressive rule as exhibited by a dictator. It involves power being exercised without consent, consideration or democratic process, often marked by harshness, sternness, domination and lack of freedoms and rights for others. It can also apply to someone who imposes their will or ideas on others in an autocratic or overbearing way.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dictatorialadjective

    pertaining or suited to a dictator; absolute

  2. Dictatorialadjective

    characteristic of a dictator; imperious; dogmatical; overbearing; as, a dictatorial tone or manner

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. dictatorial.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dictatorial in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dictatorial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of dictatorial in a Sentence

  1. Zeph Capo:

    Having body parts exposed is one thing. Turning someone away because their hair's in rollers... is a little ridiculous, this is an issue of a principal issuing a dictatorial edict rather than having substantive conversation.

  2. Brett Schaefer:

    There is no doubt there are instances of diplomats behaving badly and the more repressive and dictatorial the government is, the more they feel like they can get away with that type of reprehensible behavior.

  3. Cassandra Kaczocha:

    I thought she'd govern like she campaigned, and we didn't get that, we got a very dictatorial style of governing, just like we did with Rahm, and it's disappointing.

  4. Mo Brooks:

    Sadly, violence and threats of violence targeting America's political institutions are far too common, although this terrorist's motivation is not yet publicly known, and generally speaking, I understand citizenry anger directed at dictatorial Socialism and its threat to liberty, freedom and the very fabric of society. The way to stop Socialism's march is for patriotic Americans to fight back in the 2022 and 2024 elections.

  5. Robert Menendez:

    Trading Mr Gross for three convicted criminals sets and extremely dangerous precedent, it invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips.

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