1. [ adjective ] expecting unquestioning obedience
Synonyms: overbearing authoritarian

"he was imperious and dictatorial" "the timid child of authoritarian parents" "insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter"

Related terms: domineering
2. [ adjective ] likened to a dictator in severity
Synonyms: authoritarian
Related terms: unpermissive
3. [ adjective ] of or characteristic of a dictator

"dictatorial powers"

Related terms: dictator
4. [ adjective ] (politics) characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty
Synonyms: authoritarian tyrannical despotic autocratic

"an authoritarian regime" "autocratic government" "despotic rulers" "a dictatorial rule that lasted for the duration of the war" "a tyrannical government"

Related terms: undemocratic
Similar spelling:   dictatorially