• Milton Dictating Paradise Lost
    Milton Dictating Paradise Lost
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dictation matter that has been dictated and transcribed; a dictated passage "he signed and mailed his dictation without bothering to read it"
    • n dictation speech intended for reproduction in writing
    • n dictation an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The tree dictated on the Lebanese flag is a Cedar.
    • Dictation The act of dictating; the act or practice of prescribing; also that which is dictated. "It affords security against the dictation of laws."
    • Dictation The speaking to, or the giving orders to, in an overbearing manner; authoritative utterance; as, his habit, even with friends, was that of dictation .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dictation The act or practice of dictating, directing, or prescribing: as, he wrote the passage at the teacher's dictation.
    • n dictation Authoritative command or control; positive or arbitrary prescription, direction, or order: as, his dictation brought affairs into great confusion.
    • n dictation Synonyms Injunction, prescription, direction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Dictation act, art, or practice of dictating: overbearing command
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  • Winston Churchill
    “Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they dare not dismount.”
  • Milton S. Eisenhower
    Milton S. Eisenhower
    “Disregard for human beings is the first qualification of a dictator.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
    “Dictators never invent their own opportunities.”
  • Tomas G. Masaryk
    Tomas G. Masaryk
    “Dictators always look good until the last minutes.”
  • David Lynch
    David Lynch
    “The ideas dictate everything, you have to be true to that or you're dead.”
  • Marcel Proust
    “Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dictatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dictāre, -ātumdicĕre, to say.


In literature:

To the mind of the dictator himself, however, came no such change.
"The Lion's Brood" by Duffield Osborne
Charles had complete control over his captive, and could dictate his own terms.
"Henry VIII." by A. F. Pollard
Couldn't you see that I had stopped dictating and was searching for a phrase?
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
He might be a plebeian; Marcius Rutilus, and Publius Philo were dictators.
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
He is here now, dictating this letter.
"The Easiest Way" by Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
Therefore, Sir Rupert had undertaken to invite the Dictator to this luncheon, and the Dictator had willingly undertaken to come.
"The Dictator" by Justin McCarthy
It is either tinged with hope or it has been dictated by one who fears the worst.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
Therefore if each letter has to be individually dictated, only a man mentally equipped to write letters can do the dictating.
"How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)" by Mary Owens Crowther
It is alike requisite to dictate to children the necessity of prayer as of their salvation.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
It is he who dictates every answer.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. I" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
The policy of Great Britain was dictated by much the same considerations as was that of Spain.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
The British were in possession; and these conditions were dictated at the point of the bayonet.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
There is a limit to how far an employer should go in dictating the manner of his employees' dress.
"The Book of Business Etiquette" by Nella Henney
William Farren, neither to your dictation nor to that of any other will I submit.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
The Dictator was as deeply in the affair as he was; neither could tell tales upon the other.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 4 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The deity that dictated the predictions of this oracle was Apollo.
"Cyrus the Great" by Jacob Abbott
I wouldn't have sot and been dictated to as tamely as you did!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 95, September 1865" by Various
The "administrative dictator" held office for at least six months.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 4" by Various
Jacob dictated a few letters, studied his stockbroker's list for half an hour, and drove to Kensington Gardens.
"Jacob's Ladder" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Nothing was left but submission, although the authorities protested against such an unheard-of manner of dictating unknown terms.
"The West Indies and the Spanish Main [1899]" by James Rodway

In poetry:

"I bade low hinds the towering ardour share,
Nor meanly rose to bless myself alone;
I snatch'd the shepherd from his fleecy care,
And bade his wholesome dictate guard the throne.
"Elegy VII. He Describes His Vision to An Acquaintance" by William Shenstone
"Your Grace knows best," the lawyer said
"On your commands I wait."
"Be silent, Sir," says Brentford,
"A plague upon your prate!
Come take your pen and paper,
And write as I dictate."
"The King Of Brentford’s Testament" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Urania only lik'd the Choice; Yet not to thwart the publick Voice,
She whisp'ring did impart:
They need no Foreign Aid invoke,
No help to draw a moving Stroke,
Who dictate from the Heart.
"To Mr. F. Now Earl Of W" by Anne Kingsmill Finch
Let each improve his hour,
While means are in his power,
And life fresh opening on the mind of youth;
Let us the time employ,
In storing future joy,
And hear the dictates of eternal truth.
"To The Bee" by Elizabeth Bath
"Pure as the swain's the breast of —— glows;
Ah! were the shepherd's phrase, like his, refined!
But, how improved the generous dictate flows
Through the clear medium of a polish'd mind!
"Elegy XXIV. He Takes Occasion, From the Fate of Eleanor of Bretagne" by William Shenstone
Or rather to behold her when
She plies for me the unresting pen,
And when the loud assault of squalls
Resounds upon the roof and walls,
And the low thunder growls and I
Raise my dictating voice on high.
"Fragments" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In news:

The Dictator 's too gentle, but Sacha Baron Cohen may have Duck Soup in him yet.
Dictators' Treasures Stir German Anger.
Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier was hospitalized in Port-au-Prince for chest pains Wednesday, his longtime partner, Veronique Roy, and associates stated yesterday.
Haitian President Michel Martelly says he won't interfere in the case of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier , the National Palace said Friday.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — For a once-notorious dictator facing charges of crimes against humanity, Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier is living a nice life here after his sudden return from exile a year ago.
Former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier greets supporters Friday from the balcony of a rented guest house where he is staying in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
"He is a monster without ethics, a dictator," Palacio says.
Coptic Christians, many of whom have felt less secure since Egypt's dictator stepped down, held a sit-in May 19 in Cairo.
The world's enduring dictators: Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia.
Are You A Market Dictator.
How Do You Get a Migratory Bird To Follow a Russian Dictator.
Sacha Cohen arrives in London for the UK premiere of "The Dictator".
A Tunisian director took an Arabic version to London, casting the mass murderer and his wife as Arab dictators.
Romano Mussolini , Dictator's Son and Jazz Musician, Dies.
Vittorio Mussolini , Italian Dictator's Son, 81.

In science:

The solution (22) is known in the literature as the AVTD solution for Gowdy T 3 models and dictates the behavior of these models near the singularity τ → ∞.
Generating Gowdy cosmological models
Indeed the formalism of the new-straight curvature can be seen as a certain way of describing how that space dictates the motion of geodesic photons.
Generalizing Optical Geometry
It is then encouraging that in the context of heterotic string theories compactified on Calabi–Yau manifolds the number of generation in the low energy spectrum is dictated by a topological quantity, the Euler number χ.
On the Number of Chiral Generations in Z2 X Z2 Orbifolds
However not every labelled tree corresponds to an element in X1 ; for this to be so the labels must represent a sequence of elements that are compatible for composition in the order dictated by the tree structure.
Weak Omega Categories I
We will not try to figure out the conditions, but we find it in particular interesting to point out that an inversion is possible for certain values of the parameters under the condition ku > kd and au > ad which obviously dictates a mass hierarchy among down and up type quark masses.
A Scaling Law for Quark Masses and the CKM matrix
For operational purposes, one can regard these as substitutions having two parts: a pattern matching part of the structure of a term and a template that is parametrized by pieces of the pattern and dictates how the substitute has to be constructed.
A novel approach to symbolic algebra
The only quantum property playing a role in the average current I is the Pauli principle, which dictates that each quantum state in the Fermi sea has to be occupied by a single electron.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
For the dictatorship function, where one bit determines the output, very few bits need to be read, but the dictator bit needs to be read, so δ = 1.
Balanced Boolean functions that can be evaluated so that every input bit is unlikely to be read
This process may be inverted by constructing a tree of µMarkoff triples as Bowditch did in for Markoff triples: given a triple (x, y , z ), set φ(X ) = x, φ(Y ) = y , φ(Z ) = z , and extend over Ω as dictated by the edge relations.
Generalized Markoff Maps and McShane's Identity
This should be expected, because the relation between the two mesons is dictated primarily by the similarity of their radial distributions and by spin-angular relations of type of (19).
Production of spin-3 mesons in diffractive DIS
For now, though, we conclude that short-range interactions between bent-core molecules are as important in giving rise to flexoelectricity as they are in dictating the shortrange structure of dense atomic liquids44 .
Dipolar interactions, molecular flexibility, and flexoelectricity in bent-core liquid crystals
This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, since most thermotropic nematics are, after all, dense molecular liquids, and it is well known that the structure and dynamics in such systems are dictated by short-range repulsive interactions.
Dipolar interactions, molecular flexibility, and flexoelectricity in bent-core liquid crystals
Although this is an almost trivial insight in economics, it should be noted that the monopolist is not entirely free in dictating any price/transaction combination, but has to observe the constraint that the other agent has to voluntarily participate in the transaction.
Emergent Statistical Wealth Distributions in Simple Monetary Exchange Models: A Critical Review
Quantum theory dictates that the states of quantum systems are represented as one-dimensional subspaces of a Hilbert space, that is, (non-zero) vectors in a Hilbert space up to a (non-zero) scalar multiple.
De-linearizing Linearity: Projective Quantum Axiomatics from Strong Compact Closure
It is dictated by the iteration scheme we use to get 1/N -corrections for the moments and covariance terms (see subsection 2.5, the proof of Theorem 2.2).
Estimates for moments of random matrices with Gaussian elements