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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.

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  • 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.
  • 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: dictate a letter Define
say out loud for the purpose of recording
  • She dictated a letter to her secretary.
  • She dictated a text message to her phone.

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  • Peter dictated as follows:
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • She wrote at his dictation.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • Sometimes, as now, she sat on one of the other chairs and took dictation.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The squirrel took dictation.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • One day, I pause during dictation and go to the kitchen to refresh my coffee and I find the two of them watching a movie together.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • After giving these and other commands he returned to his tent, and the dispositions for the battle were written down from his dictation.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • We had reading and geography and Canadian history and dictation today.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Of course my statement must be taken cum grano, since I am writing from the dictation of a clerk of the Russian consul, who kindly translated for me, time being short.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula

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  • Miss Ives looked as if she was performing a duty of no greater emotional significance than taking dictation about a list of shipping invoices.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • One, poorly dressed in mourning, sat at the table opposite the chief clerk, writing something at his dictation.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • But besides all this, in order that the instrument may not be contested, I am anxious to give it the greatest possible authenticity, therefore, one of my colleagues will help me, and, contrary to custom, will assist in the dictation of the testament.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • But Duncan, who, in deference to the other’s skill and services, had hitherto submitted somewhat implicitly to his dictation, now assumed the superior, with a manner that was not easily resisted.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • One morning at the end of the two years, as I was writing a letter to his dictation, he came and bent over me, and said — "Jane, have you a glittering ornament round your neck?"
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Our versions of Iliad and Odyssey must have originated in those versions that at the moment of dictation or recording the performer, whether Homer or a follower of Homer, happened to sing.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • I delight in taking down from dictation.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Right now, nothing is clear to me, I still glimpse only glimmers in the dark, and I must limit my pen, as it were, to taking dictation from events.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • ’My dear sir,’ he cried, ’I write from dictation.’
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • Kay had evidently been doing his dictation well and the old gentleman was in a good humour.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Like civilization, it has turned a page, and the new spirit of the time finds her ready to write at its dictation.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • —Have you found those six brave medicals, John Eglinton asked with elder’s gall, to write Paradise Lost at your dictation?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It was by Mr. Moy’s dictation.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • She didn’t think her father was ill, because the letter had come at his dictation from the office at St. Ogg’s.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Of course I’ve lost you: I’ve interfered, and you’ve seen—under HER dictation"—with which I faced, over the pool again, our infernal witness—"the easy and perfect way to meet it.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • They were historic notes, written in a bold womanly hand at his dictation some months before, and it was the clerical rendering of word after word that absorbed him.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • I have been waiting long for an opportunity—to take this—this decisive step, my love; for, as you must perceive, it is impossible that there should be two chiefs in a family: and now, if you please, we will resume the dictation.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • However, as she at once proceeded with her dictation, and as I interrupted nothing by doing it, I ventured quietly to stop poor Peepy as he was going out and to take him up to nurse.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I will write to your dictation, or I will copy and extract what you tell me: I can be of no other use.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Wish she’d quit trying to improve on my dictation!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • I’ve got to try and take dictation at fifty words a minute.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • I have no desire to hold public office if I am expected blindly to follow in my official actions the dictation of a newspaper combination …. or be a rubber stamp even for the President of the United States.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • She got a piece of paper, and bending over the fender wrote at his dictation words which he had evidently got by heart from some advertisement or other—words to the effect that she, the writer, hitherto known as Elizabeth-Jane Newson, was going to call herself Elizabeth-Jane Henchard forthwith.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The Boss was dour as a teetotal-ing Scot, and the office force walked on tiptoe and girls suddenly burst out crying over their typewriters after they had been in to take dictation and state officials coming out of the inner room laid a handkerchief to the pallid brow with one hand and with the other groped across the long room under the painted eyes of all the gilt-framed dead governors.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • ’Occasionally, perhaps, the writing from your dictation; and possibly, sir,’ said Nicholas, with a half-smile, ’the copying of your speech for some public journal, when you have made one of more than usual importance.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • "Sit down," he said, quite fiercely, "and write to my dictation."
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Miss Prinn crept into T’sung’s office, horrified at the prospect of oral dictation.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Can’t take dictation worth a damn, and she won’t file.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • Accustomed to regulate his doings by personal impulse alone, he does not willingly submit to dictation from without.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • And to lose her by the interference and the dictation of others, by an impudent old woman and a pretentious fop stepping in with their "authority"!
    Henry James  --  The American
  • He will resist dictation out of the past, but he will follow a new messiah with almost Russian willingness, and into the wildest vagaries of economics, religion, morals and speech.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • AFTER ALESSANDRO had taken half an hour to position himself and the machine so that his elbows would be bent at just the right angle, he was ready to take Strassnitzky’s dictation.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • But we both thought you wrote at his dictation.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • No Pickerbaugh or Rouncefield could burst in here and drag him away to be explanatory and plausible and public; he would be free to work, instead of being summoned to the package-wrapping and dictation of breezy letters which men call work.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • My namesake alone, of those who in school phraseology constituted "our set," presumed to compete with me in the studies of the class—in the sports and broils of the play-ground—to refuse implicit belief in my assertions, and submission to my will—indeed, to interfere with my arbitrary dictation in any respect whatsoever.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • HOWARD: I bought it for dictation, but you can do anything with it.
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • He wrote the following letter to Fantine’s dictation, and made her sign it:— "MONSIEUR THENARDIER:— You will deliver Cosette to this person.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Then he began to say, in a dull voice, as if repeating a letter from dictation: "Owing to a leakage in the hold of this vessel, the sugar had set, and become converted into rock.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • But Billy Kirby was a fearless wight, and had great jealousy of foreign dictation; he had risen on his feet, and turned his back to the fire, during the voluble delivery of this interrogatory; and when the steward ended, contrary to all expectation, he gave the following spirited reply: "Where! why, on the North River, and maybe on Champlain.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Ada and Richard were lingering for a few moments by the fire, wondering whether Mrs. Jellyby had yet finished her dictation for the day, when Mr. Jarndyce, who had been out of the room, returned.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
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  • But here I am—a widow, sitting quietly as tradition dictates—and I understand that I was blind for too many years.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • The Englishman dictates his answers, not to a /typewriter/, but to a /typist/; a /typewriter/ is merely the machine.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language

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  • Carter was dictating what we would do, but as usual he hadn’t told me everything.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • Ace flipped two keys on the intercom and dictated an order.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Why would you ever let someone else’s negative thoughts dictate how you’re going to live your life?
    Gaby Rodriguez  --  The Pregnancy Project
  • So, for now, the air force dictates that it needs 62210s.
    Dave Peizer  --  A Man Named Dave
  • Foreign powers finally negotiated and dictated the peace.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Because the passions of men won’t conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Nations with a powerful navy could dictate the conditions of our political existence.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Mattie looked at the inked markings on the slip of paper that dictated the conditions for her ever touching Basil again.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place

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  • The laws of the universe dictate that for every positive action, there is an unequal and sucky reaction.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Shoba’s mood always dictated the mood of our lunch, and she seemed that day to want to punish us for the good lunch she had prepared.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • We get to dictate terms, right?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Courtesy dictated that she head first to the front door and knock, but with the music roaring, she doubted he’d even be able to hear it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • He couldn’t bear it that in some way I had the power to dictate his future, that I had somehow become Mother again.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Apart from very short notes, it was usual to dictate everything into the speak-write which was of course impossible for his present purpose.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • You must therefore allow me to follow the dictates of my conscience on this occasion, which leads me to perform what I look on as a point of duty.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Excuse me, he said over his shoulder, the dictates of common sense.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "I’ll dictate to you," said Aglaya, coming up to the table.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • A woman dictates before marriage in order that she may have an appetite for submission afterwards.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The betrothed bride must see her future home, and dictate any changes that she would like to have made there.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • "Second line…. have you written it?" he continued dictating to the clerk.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The celebrated doctor announced to the princess (a feeling of what was due from him dictated his doing so) that he ought to see the patient once more.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Mrs. Jellyby, sitting in quite a nest of waste paper, drank coffee all the evening and dictated at intervals to her eldest daughter.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I cannot be dictated to by a watch.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • "Sit down there," said Villefort, giving up his place to Morrel, "and write what I dictate."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He hated to think of May Welland’s being exposed to the influence of a young woman so careless of the dictates of Taste.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • I have always acted in accordance with the dictates of my conscience.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • The most important thing he dictated that morning was the fortnightly form-letter, to be mimeographed and sent out to a thousand "prospects."
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • He sighed; he read through his mail; he shouted "Msgoun," which meant "Miss McGoun"; and began to dictate.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • You expect to dictate terms by leaving me no choice.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Van Ryberg was dictating when the "Emergency Only" telephone started to ring.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Eighty percent have decided to obey the dictates of their conscience, but the penalty will be severe.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • A scarlet-robed man with a ponytail longer than Bill’s was sitting with his boots up on his desk, dictating a report to his quill.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Courtesy dictates that we offer fellow wizards the opportunity of denying us entry.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • In the Icefall, though, expediency dictated that each of us climb independently, without being physically connected to one another in any way.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Buddhist protocol dictates that travelers always pass mani walls on the left.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • ’Adieu, my birds!’ said the keeper of the prison, taking his pretty child in his arms, and dictating the words with a kiss.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The constitution strove to dictate all of the critical details of an individual’s life, even the most private concerns of womanhood.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Mr. Carter dictated letters to him, and he had to make fair copies of statements of accounts.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • His innate goodnature, however, dictated a favorable reply.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • If this were true, the gap between what reason dictates and what "we can see with our own eyes" would be unbridgeable.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Should we let reason dictate or should we rely on our senses?
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Your riches and your pleasures are advantages which I hold over you in the debate; but good taste dictates that I shall not make use of them.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And the first story I covered I had to dictate over the telephone to one of those beastly girls.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • When the transmission ended, she did the two things her instincts dictated.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • The subject …. the subject dictates the form.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Bourne’s limp and the fact that he held on to the woman, dictated the closest available location.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Strength and comfort are joined in these minor mansions, the designs dictated by climate.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The door whipped open without warning, but as the lights went on I was calmly dictating.
    Louis L’Amour  --  The Broken Gun
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