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Pronunciation:  `diktu'towreeul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  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"
  2. [adj]  expecting unquestioning obedience; "he was imperious and dictatorial"; "the timid child of authoritarian parents"; "insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter"
  3. [adj]  likened to a dictator in severity
  4. [adj]  of or characteristic of a dictator; "dictatorial powers"

DICTATORIAL is a 11 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: authoritarian, autocratic, despotic, domineering, overbearing, tyrannical, undemocratic, unpermissive



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

         Military powers quite dictatorial.    --W. Irving.

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.

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