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dictate -- as in: Hitler dictated that
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as in: Hitler dictated that Define
issue commands or orders
  • Reason dictates that we change the policy.
  • Public outrage dictates that the law be changed.
  • By the time I was in high school, my parents seldom dictated to me, but they were very persuasive.
  • The college has rules that dictate what constitutes consent in sexual activity.

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  • By then Hitler was effectively a dictator even though that wasn’t his title.
  • What is my wisdom, if even the fools can dictate to me?
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • I like to believe I am a benevolent dictator, but you can make that judgment for yourselves.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Our last dictator General Zia used to go there, and in the 1980s, under his regime, the Tablighis became very powerful.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • He wrote: 1 = MISFIT 2 = ODDBALL 3 = LONE WOLF 4 = WEIRDO 5 = GENIUS And then he added his newest category: 6 = DICTATOR Mai had to take a second city bus across town to the Gardens of Glenwood.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s

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  • We had often been sorry that we were too young to have fought with Chairman Mao against the Japanese invaders, who tried to conquer China; against the dictator Chiang Kai-shek, who ruthlessly oppressed the Chinese people; and against the American aggressors in Korea.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence
  • I also, for the first time, felt a touch of warm rage churning in the region of my abdomen; it was a slow conglomerate anger, directed in equal parts at Nathan’s hateful and dictatorial manner, his foul treatment of Sophie and (I could scarcely believe my own reflex now) his gruesome malediction against Bilbo.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • But my dad’s a dictator.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Mobutu soon became the caricature of a violent, dictatorial kleptocrat.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • We wish Mr. Wynand to realize that the day of dictatorial one-man rule is past.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Tiny dictatorial lists.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • But it was to Father the crowning touch in Mrs. Gandhi’s dictatorial takeover of the nation.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • He is evidently the Sir Oracle of them, and I should think must have been in his time a most dictatorial person.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Jack ran his bus in dictatorial fashion.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • But the eat-sleep routine I had begun in the hospital, and kept up under Mother’s dictatorial command, got the better of me.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • ’They’ve got to swallow it,’ Milo ordained with dictatorial grandeur, and almost broke his neck when he let go with one arm to wave a righteous finger in the air.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • For this reason, I suppose, they were now inflexible with one another; Mr. Jaggers being highly dictatorial, and Wemmick obstinately justifying himself whenever there was the smallest point in abeyance for a moment.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Lucien having left, Danglars took his place on the sofa, closed the open book, and placing himself in a dreadfully dictatorial attitude, he began playing with the dog; but the animal, not liking him as well as Debray, and attempting to bite him, Danglars seized him by the skin of his neck and threw him upon a couch on the other side of the room.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The emphasis was helped by the speaker’s voice, which was inflexible, dry, and dictatorial.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Crisp professionalism replaced dictatorial fury as the abiding mood of their universe.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • I must confess that you are the most dictatorial guest I ever entertained.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Scratchy and dictatorial, he began to question her.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • He had intentionally broken the law and dictatorially thwarted the will of Congress!
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • I will parody them— Blest Knight! whose dictatorial looks dispense To Children affluence, to Rushworth sense.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Vida Sherwin’s dictatorial voice cut through, took control of the revolution: "Tut, tut, tut, tut!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • It was in 1986, not long after Baby Doc left Haiti, an event that marked the end of the Duvaliers’ reign, which was being followed by what dissident Haitians called Duvalierism without Duvalier, with the Haitian army generally taking on the dictatorial role.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • From this complacence, the critics have been emboldened to assume a dictatorial power, and have so far succeeded, that they are now become the masters, and have the assurance to give laws to those authors from whose predecessors they originally received them.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Mr. Mason was quite alive now, interrogative, dynamic, and a bit dictatorial in his manner, even to his old friend.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • We need a Julius Caesar, except that he made himself dictator, and died for it.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • It’s said this was shouted by the Romans who murdered Caesar before he could become a dictator.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • That had been abandoned, but it was stark evidence of the strong links between the Iraqi dictator and Osama bin Laden’s would-be warriors.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Eventually he turned his apartment into a chapel, began giving lectures on medical miracles, and told reporters he dreamed of moving to South America and becoming a dictator.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Despot but dictator; a despot resulting from a republic and summing up a revolution.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Yes, their supreme lord and dictator was there, though hitherto unseen by any eyes not permitted to penetrate into the now sacred retreat of the cabin.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He wants to be a dictator!
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Nothing but a dictator who did this and that to the people.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • A rogue dictator was threatening the stability of the region.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • They would take over loose people and before long you had a dictator.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • As he came to be taken more seriously enemies arose and his name soon reached the ear of the dictator Diaz.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • "Yes, she’ll make a dictator a fine wife one day."
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • "At this rate," he concluded, "you’ll not only be the most despotic and bloody dictator in our history, but you’ll shoot my dear friend Ursula in an attempt to pacify your conscience."
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The comfortable bungalow was just blocks from the dictator’s huge wedding cake palace that the mobs had long ago burned down.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • She would have realized her father had lost brothers and friends to the dictator Trujillo.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • "It is time to stop worrying about whether someone likes us and decide we are going to be respected again in the world," Reagan told Time’s editors, "So no dictator would ever again seize our embassy and take our people."
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
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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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