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dictate
used in Middlemarch

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Hitler dictated that...
Definition
issue commands or orders
  • "Dictator, now," said Letty, with injured looks, and not without a wish to make her mother repent.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (20% in)
  • "Very well, dictator!" said Ben, contemptuously.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (20% in)
  • In fact, the Hospital had become an object of intense interest to Bulstrode, and he would willingly have continued to spare a large yearly sum that he might rule it dictatorially without any Board; but he had another favorite object which also required money for its accomplishment: he wished to buy some land in the neighborhood of Middlemarch, and therefore he wished to get considerable contributions towards maintaining the Hospital.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (22% in)

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  • I will write to your dictation, or I will copy and extract what you tell me: I can be of no other use.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (76% in)
  • The betrothed bride must see her future home, and dictate any changes that she would like to have made there.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (57% in)
  • A woman dictates before marriage in order that she may have an appetite for submission afterwards.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (57% in)
  • I tax no man's motives: let them lie between himself and a higher Power; but I do say, that there are influences at work here which are incompatible with genuine independence, and that a crawling servility is usually dictated by circumstances which gentlemen so conducting themselves could not afford either morally or financially to avow.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (60% in)
  • He was second cousin to Peter Featherstone, and had been treated by him with more amenity than any other relative, being useful in matters of business; and in that programme of his funeral which the old man had himself dictated, he had been named as a Bearer.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (89% in)
  • She also had her thought which she did not like to express:—Will certainly ought to lose no time in consulting Mr. Casaubon's wishes, but for her to urge this might seem an undue dictation.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (44% in)
  • What I now wish you to understand is, that I accept no revision, still less dictation within that range of affairs which I have deliberated upon as distinctly and properly mine.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (50% in)
  • "Well, no," said Sir James; "I feel a delicacy in appearing to dictate.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (54% in)
  • Lydgate's anger rose: he was prepared to be indulgent towards feminine weakness, but not towards feminine dictation.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (11% in)
  • He said, turning first toward Mr. Thesiger, and then looking at Mr. Hawley— "I protest before you, sir, as a Christian minister, against the sanction of proceedings towards me which are dictated by virulent hatred.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (97% in)
  • But when the entail was touched on in the usual way, he said, "My dear sir, it is not for me to dictate to you, but for my part I would let that alone.
    Finale (80% in)

There are no more uses of "dictate" in Middlemarch.

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