Definition of dictatorial in English:



  • 1Of or typical of a ruler with total power.

    ‘a dictatorial regime’
    • ‘In response, she declares a state of emergency and assumes dictatorial powers, restricting many freedoms.’
    • ‘Chile's return to democracy was preceded by 17 years of dictatorial rule.’
    • ‘Napoleon now became Consul for life, with almost dictatorial powers.’
    • ‘Mussolini was not in a position whereby he could assert his authority and it is probable that the extent of his dictatorial powers never did equal those acquired by Hitler.’
    • ‘So it appears that the Americans are quite happy working with extreme dictatorial regimes.’
    • ‘This corrupt and dictatorial regime is fully backed by the western powers.’
    • ‘The act gave Hitler what he wanted - dictatorial power.’
    • ‘Piedmontese commissars sent to Venice by Charles Albert were almost immediately withdrawn, and Manin assumed dictatorial powers.’
    • ‘Such violent protests might have been tolerated in the past because there were no other channels for expressing opinions during the dictatorial regimes.’
    • ‘They rejected a proposal that would have augmented the powers of the already dictatorial presidency.’
    • ‘In fact, Lenin had not been less dictatorial or less ruthless than Stalin.’
    • ‘Bishops who toed his line were given land, tax exemptions and dictatorial powers.’
    • ‘Previously, they had not just a dictatorial government, but in many ways a totalitarian government and leader.’
    • ‘Is the appointed representative of a dictatorial regime a legitimate representative in the UN?’
    • ‘Only undemocratic, dictatorial and authoritarian countries would seek to deprive the right of others to speak.’
    • ‘The Yugoslav regime became increasingly dictatorial, ruling provinces through military governors.’
    • ‘The citizenry of totalitarian or violently dictatorial states have no legitimate means to discharge this fear.’
    • ‘Mike explains why resistance was so difficult under the rigid, dictatorial regime which still called itself socialist.’
    • ‘In some cases, a republic may be a dictatorial or totalitarian state.’
    • ‘Trotsky even hinted that if, as seemed likely, Russia was again attacked by foreign powers, he would ask for dictatorial powers and direct the war effort.’
    autocratic, monocratic, undemocratic, totalitarian, authoritarian
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    1. 1.1 Having or showing a tendency to tell people what to do in an autocratic way.
      ‘his dictatorial manner’
      • ‘Which is part of the charm for Coutts, whose curating style has never been dictatorial.’
      • ‘He in fact wanted to jettison anyone who would stand up to his dictatorial tendencies.’
      • ‘I'd much rather have a spirit of cooperation among sovereign states than a dictatorial global public health regime.’
      • ‘In his work and his personality, Rand comes off as dictatorial.’
      • ‘But typically the dictatorial F1 supremo doesn't see this setback as remotely his Waterloo!’
      • ‘He will be autocratic and dictatorial, and things will only happen his way or not at all.’
      • ‘Still, it is clear she disapproves of his conceited manner and dictatorial inclinations.’
      • ‘She is not, of course; but does her work have overtones of a totalitarian or dictatorial mentality?’
      tyrannical, domineering, despotic, oppressive, draconian, iron-handed, iron-fisted, imperious, lordly, magisterial, officious, overweening, overbearing, bossy, repressive, peremptory, high-handed, authoritarian, autocratic, dogmatic, high and mighty
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