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as in: Hitler dictated that Define
issue commands or orders
  • Every dictator is a mystic, and every mystic is a potential dictator.
  • Every dictator is a mystic, and every mystic is a potential dictator.

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  • You’ll be-you’ll be the Economic Dictator of the nation!
  • You want me to be the Economic Dictator?
  • If you order me to move into the office of an Economic Dictator, I’ll move into it.
  • We want you to become a dictator.
  • I don’t want to be an Economic Dictator, not even long enough to issue that order for people to be free-which any rational human being would throw back in my face, because he’d know that his rights are not to be held, given or received by your permission or mine.
  • "I object," said Boyle, "to your dictatorial method of-" Kinnan turned his back on him and said, "Listen, Wesley, my boys won’t like Point One.

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  • Reason dictates that we change the policy.
  • Public outrage dictates that the law be changed.

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as in: dictate a letter Define
say out loud for the purpose of recording
  • Miss Ives looked as if she was performing a duty of no greater emotional significance than taking dictation about a list of shipping invoices.

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  • She dictated a letter to her secretary.
  • She dictated a text message to her phone.

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unspecified meaning
  • You expect to dictate terms by leaving me no choice.
  • He had not decided to resign-not really, he thought; he had dictated the letter for a motive which he identified to himself only as "just in case."

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  • She dictated a list of instructions, while pacing her bedroom, gathering her clothes, hastily packing a suitcase.
  • I would not let them dictate the purpose for which my years of study had been spent, or the conditions of my work, or my choice of patients, or the amount of my reward.
  • But suddenly-while pacing the office, dictating to him a list of track-laying materials and where to obtain them illegally-she stopped and looked down at the magazines on the coffee table.
  • The shiftless, the purposeless, the irresponsible, the irrational-it was not I who needed them, it was not theirs to dictate terms to me, it was not mine to obey demands.
  • Emotions are inherent in your nature, but their content is dictated by your mind.
  • You proclaim that you cannot survive without us, yet propose to dictate the terms of our survival.
  • An emotion is a response to a fact of reality, an estimate dictated by your standards.
  • In mounting panic, the watchers lost their sense of context and language-and their three voices blended into a progression of indiscriminate shrieks: "We want you to take over! . We want you to rule! . We order you to give orders! . We demand that you dictate! . We order you to save us! . We order you to think! ." They heard no answer but the beating of the heart on which their own lives depended.

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  • She paused to see their pencils ready, then dictated: "Miss Taggart says-quote-I expect to make a pile of money on the John Galt Line.

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as in: Hitler dictated that Define
issue commands or orders
as in: dictate a letter Define
say out loud for the purpose of recording
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