- 1Of or typical of a ruler with total power: a dictatorial regimeMore example sentences
- Such violent protests might have been tolerated in the past because there were no other channels for expressing opinions during the dictatorial regimes.
- Mike explains why resistance was so difficult under the rigid, dictatorial regime which still called itself socialist.
- They rejected a proposal that would have augmented the powers of the already dictatorial presidency.
- 1.1Having or showing an autocratic manner: his mother-in-law was somewhat dictatorialMore example sentences
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; harsh, strict, severe, rigid, inflexible, unyielding• informal pushy, cocky• rare Neronian
- Still, it is clear she disapproves of his conceited manner and dictatorial inclinations.
- He will be autocratic and dictatorial, and things will only happen his way or not at all.
- But typically the dictatorial F1 supremo doesn't see this setback as remotely his Waterloo!
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- For a few years he ruled dictatorially, keeping the workers quiet with Germany's first social security laws.
- They lecture on about democracy, but they act dictatorially, and they do not tolerate any difference of opinion.
- A president may act dictatorially as did Lincoln, Wilson, and FDR - ideally under the sanction of law in a constitutional dictatorship - without temporary crisis arrangements becoming lasting peacetime institutions.