These adjectives mean asserting or tending to assert one's authority or to impose one's will on others. Dictatorial stresses the highhanded, peremptory manner characteristic of a dictator: ordered the staff about in her usual dictatorial manner.Authoritarian implies the expectation of unquestioning obedience: the timid child of authoritarian parents.Dogmatic suggests the imposing of one's will or opinion as though these were beyond challenge: “When people are least sure, they are often most dogmatic” (John Kenneth Galbraith). Doctrinaire implies the imposition of one's theories, beliefs, or doctrines: “They didn't know the facts . . . and I don't think it would've mattered in the slightest if they had. Very doctrinaire” (George V. Higgins). Imperious suggests the arrogant manner of one accustomed to commanding: dismissed my opinion with an imperious gesture.Overbearing implies a tendency to be oppressively or rudely domineering: an overbearing customer demanding to see the manager.
Arabi, after a brief fall from office, acquired a dictatorial power that alarmed the British government.
The archbishop was one of the "undertakers" who controlled the Irish House of Commons, and although he did not regain the almost dictatorial power he had exercised at an earlier period, which had suggested a comparison between him and Cardinal Wolsey, he continued to enjoy a prominent share in the administration of Ireland until his death, which occurred in London on the 19th of December 1764.
In 1835, with the title of governor and captain general, he acquired dictatorial powers, and all public authority passed into his hands.
The party which had set up the Committee of Public Safety was now struck down by the very man who through the Directory inherited by direct lineal descent the dictatorial powers instituted in the spring of 1793 for the salvation of the republic. It remains to add that the suspects in the plot of October 1800 were now guillotined (31st of January 1801), and that two of the plotters closely connected with the affair of Nivose were also executed (21st of April).
In December 1824 Bolivar convoked a constituent congress for the February following; but this body, taking into consideration the unsettled state of the country, thought it proper to invest him with dictatorial power for another year.