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Definition of "dictatorial" []

  • Tending to dictate; domineering. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of a dictator or dictatorship; autocratic. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dictatorial" in a sentence
  • "A Democrat who had originally requested a Justice Department -- Justice Department probe of the program says he will ask Mr. Bush to allow one now, saying, we can't have a president acting in what he called a dictatorial fashion."
  • "Putin accused the United States of pursuing what he called a dictatorial foreign policy."
  • "The SPLA is fighting for autonomy for southern Sudan while the northern Sudanese opposition forces are fighting to topple what they call the dictatorial Islamic regime in Khartoum to replace it with a democratic government."