Definition of high-handed in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhī ˈˌhandəd/


Using power or authority without considering the feelings of others: they oppose this cruel and high-handed takeover
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  • This smacks of authoritarianism and of a high-handed approach to state affairs, again reinforcing the notion that there is no real or sufficient balance of power.
  • As far as I am concerned it was a high-handed decision made without any regard for the feelings of the local people.
  • At the council meeting, Labour's David Green said the decision had been high-handed and senseless.
imperious, arbitrary, peremptory, arrogant, haughty, domineering, supercilious, pushy, overbearing, heavy-handed, lordly, magisterial;
inflexible, rigid;
informal bossy, high and mighty



Pronunciation: /ˈhī ˈˌhandədlē/
Example sentences
  • But when he high-handedly dismissed chunks of Tchaikovsky's freshly completed Fourth Symphony as ‘just ballet music’, an indignant Tchaikovsky retorted, ‘What on earth's wrong with that?’
  • I am surprised that an organisation as big as the archdiocese did not wait until planning permission was granted, and has behaved so high-handedly and ignored the council.
  • I went over to see the IT manager in his lair and, as high-handedly as possible, told him that my keyboard wasn't working and could he perhaps find me another one, so that I could do my job.


Pronunciation: /ˈhī ˈˌhandədnəs/
Example sentences
  • During the eighties, it was this kind of Democratic high-handedness that built up such an enormous reservoir of ill will among Republican House members.
  • Having conceded the dissatisfaction among backbenchers with ministerial high-handedness, he presented proposals which would get MSPs involved in making policy and give them access to civil service advice.
  • His high-handedness also promises to make his policies ineffective.

Words that rhyme with high-handed

backhanded, candid, candied, heavy-handed, offhanded, red-handed, short-handed, unbranded, underhanded

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Syllabification: high-hand·ed

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