adjective SYNONYMY NOTE: dictatorial implies the domineering, autocratic methods or manner of a dictator [the dictatorial enunciation of his opinions]; arbitrary suggests the unreasoned, unpredictable use of one's power or authority in accord
only with one's own will or desire [an arbitrary decision]; dogmatic suggests the attitude of a religious teacher in asserting certain doctrines as absolute
truths not open to dispute [the scientific method is not dogmatic]; doctrinaire implies a rigid adherence to abstract doctrines or theories, without regard to their
practical application of, like, or characteristic of a dictator; tyrannical; domineering
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