• Milton Dictating Paradise Lost
    Milton Dictating Paradise Lost
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dictator a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner "my boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime"
    • n dictator a ruler who is unconstrained by law
    • n dictator a speaker who dictates to a secretary or a recording machine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The tree dictated on the Lebanese flag is a Cedar.
    • Dictator One invested with absolute authority; especially, a magistrate created in times of exigence and distress, and invested with unlimited power. "Invested with the authority of a dictator , nay, of a pope, over our language."
    • Dictator One who dictates; one who prescribes rules and maxims authoritatively for the direction of others.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dictator A person possessing unlimited powers of government; an absolute ruler. In ancient Rome dictators were appointed in times of exigency and distress for a term of six months; and there were also dictators with powers limited to specific acts. In later times usurpers have often made themselves dictators, and dictatorial powers have been expressly conferred. The rulers of Paraguay bore the title of dictator for many years, and those of several other Spanish-American countries have done so for longer or shorter periods.
    • n dictator A person invested with or exercising absolute authority of any kind; one who assumes to control or prescribe the actions of others; one who dictates.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Dictator one invested for a time with absolute authority—originally an extraordinary Roman magistrate:—fem. Dictā′tress, Dictātrix
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  • 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.”
  • Marcel Proust
    “Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit.”
  • Seneca
    “If you live according to the dictates of nature, you will never be poor; if according to the notions of man, you will never be rich.”
  • Tanith Lee
    Tanith Lee
    “The dictate of the light says: Know yourself and what you are. The dark replies, By all means, but then become afraid.”


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


In literature:

Wisdom dictates that the Negro should speedily assume the task of producing such conditions as will give the needed influence.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
From dictating but little I fell to dictating almost nothing at all.
"The House of Martha" by Frank R. Stockton
Booker Washington is a tyrant, a dictator and an egotist.
"Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers" by Elbert Hubbard
H. Kerr and Co., there is a long article by Nicholas Lenine, the Russian dictator.
"The Red Conspiracy" by Joseph J. Mereto
In council they read the letter the Maid had dictated at Saint-Phal and entrusted to Friar Richard.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
Hazel's work consisted largely of dictation from the shipping manager, letters relating to outgoing consignments of implements.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
The eugenist does not even dictate what the test for parenthood shall be.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume I. (of IV.)" by W. Grant Hague, M.D.
The Albans, under their dictator Mettius Fuffetius, followed him to the war as the subjects of Rome.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
They chose men of consular dignity, for so the law, made for the election of a dictator, ordained.
"The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08" by Titus Livius
She came back later, but the moment he began dictating she pushed back her chair and rose up.
"Rimrock Jones" by Dane Coolidge

In poetry:

This on my ring,
This by my picture, in my book I write;
Whether I sing,
Or say, or dictate, this is my delight.
"The Posie" by George Herbert
Taught to believe the world a place
Where every stranger was a foe,
Train'd in the arts that mark our race,
To what new people could I go?
Could I a better life embrace,
Or live as virtue dictates? No! -
"The Hall Of Justice" by George Crabbe
Thus in extremes of cold and heat,
Where wandering man may trace his kind;
Wherever grief and want retreat,
In Woman they compassion find;
She makes the female breast her seat,
And dictates mercy to the mind.
"Woman!" by George Crabbe
And all the millions who were swayed
By those who dwelt upon this hill,
And who in humble awe obeyed
The dictates of their sovereign will,--
Are they self-conscious beings still,
Or are their minds and bodies ... Nil?
"On The Palentine" by John Lawson Stoddard
Whatever he would dictate I writ that,
But burnt her letters when she writ to me ;
And if that favour made him fat,
I said, "If any title be
Convey'd by this, ah ! what doth it avail,
To be the fortieth name in an entail?"
"Love's Diet" by John Donne
And shall they make of Beauty their estate,
The fortress and the weapon of their sex?
Shall she in her frost-brilliancy dictate,
More queenly than of old, how we must woo,
Ere she will melt? The halter's on our necks,
Kick as it likes us, I and you.
"A Ballad Of Fair Ladies In Revolt" by George Meredith

In news:

Piñera, a billionaire businessman, must also vanquish the ghost of the late dictator , Augusto Pinochet, who remains a liability for Chilean conservatives two decades after the country's return to democracy.
This is not to call Bush a dictator or suggest that he wants to be one.
I am a dictator , but it's the right kind of dictatorship .
In conception, it suffers from the problem inherent in any biopic: the order of events is well-known, and the characters are dictated by history.
In this Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012 photo, a Libyan family in Tripoli walk by a mural exhibition celebrating one year since the fall of dictator Muammar Gadhafi in Tripoli, Libya.
The harsh reality of Anthony Rizzo's inevitable ascension to the major leagues dictates that baseball vagabond Bryan LaHair will be faced with changing positions or teams one more time.
The dictator's heir apparent authored a 2007 doctoral thesis praising democracy and human rights.
'The Dictator' Opens to Soft $4.2 Million Domestically , Brighter Overseas.
Though Hugh Jackman is indeed somewhat lupine in aspect, this should no longer dictate his career decisions.
Ross The Boss talks Manitoba , Dictators, Manowar and his quest for the hardest, the heaviest, the fastest, the slowest and the most epic music imaginable.
Handsome Dick Manitoba Band: Manitoba , The Dictators Position: Vocals Team: New York Yankees.
That, unfortunately, is why Marxism is associated with dictators who have squelched people's freedoms in order to remain in power to try to achieve their goals.
There are often so many gross elements in the stories that we cover, that good taste often dictates that we spare you, our viewers, the dirty details.
Haitian President Michel Martelly says he won't interfere in the case of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, the National Palace said Friday.
Marion Barry's detractors have likened him to a Third World dictator.

In science:

The restriction on the choice of f , however, is not dictated by a simplicity requirement alone.
A fluctuation theorem in a random environment
The IR singularities are rendered harmless and in fact, long before they are reached, the singular IR physics of the noncommutative theory is replaced by regular physics that is dictated by the UV finiteness of strings.
Noncommutativity from the string perspective: modification of gravity at a mm without mm sized extra dimensions
In most applications such a choice is dictated only by the performance and stability of the code.
How to generate random matrices from the classical compact groups
EF is dictated by the need to compare spectra not affected by either the opening of the d-wave gap or the anomalous low-binding-energy broadening seen at the antinode.
Tl2Ba2CuO6+d Brings Spectroscopic Probes Deep Into the Overdoped Regime of the High-Tc Cuprates
It turns out that the spectrum of the theory contains a particle whose dynamics is dictated by Einstein equations, so such particle is naturally identified with the graviton.
String Theory: A Theory of Unification