• Milton Dictating Paradise Lost
    Milton Dictating Paradise Lost
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dictate say out loud for the purpose of recording "He dictated a report to his secretary"
    • v dictate issue commands or orders for
    • v dictate rule as a dictator
    • n dictate a guiding principle "the dictates of reason"
    • n dictate an authoritative rule
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The tree dictated on the Lebanese flag is a Cedar.
    • n Dictate A statement delivered with authority; an order; a command; an authoritative rule, principle, or maxim; a prescription; as, listen to the dictates of your conscience; the dictates of the gospel. "I credit what the Grecian dictates say."
    • Dictate To compose literary works; to tell what shall be written or said by another. "Sylla could not skill of letters, and therefore knew not how to dictate ."
    • Dictate To say; to utter; to communicate authoritatively; to deliver (a command) to a subordinate; to declare with authority; to impose; as, to dictate the terms of a treaty; a general dictates orders to his troops. "Whatsoever is dictated to us by God must be believed."
    • Dictate To speak as a superior; to command; to impose conditions (on). "Who presumed to dictate to the sovereign."
    • Dictate To tell or utter so that another may write down; to inspire; to compose; as, to dictate a letter to an amanuensis. "The mind which dictated the Iliad.""Pages dictated by the Holy Spirit."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dictate To declare or prescribe with authority; direct or command positively, as being right, necessary, or inevitable: as, conscience dictates truthfulness and fair dealing; to dictate a course of conduct, or terms of surrender.
    • dictate To be the determining cause or motive of; fix or decide positively or unavoidably: as, necessity dictated the abandonment of the ship; his conduct is dictated by false pride.
    • dictate To express orally for another to write down; give utterance or form to, as something to be written: as, to dictate a letter to a clerk.
    • dictate Synonyms To command, prescribe, enjoin, require.
    • dictate To practise dictation; act or speak dictatorially; exercise controlling or arbitrary authority; assume a dictatorial, dogmatic, or commanding attitude.
    • n dictate A positive order or command; an authoritative or controlling direction.
    • n dictate An authoritative rule, maxim, or precept; a guiding principle: as, the dictates of conscience or of reason.
    • n dictate Dictation.
    • n dictate That which is dictated; a dictated utterance.
    • n dictate Synonyms and Injunction, admonition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Dictate dik′tāt to tell another what to say or write: to communicate with authority: to point out: to command—(arch. Dict)
    • n Dictate an order, rule, or direction: impulse
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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. dictatus, p. p. of dictare, freq. of dicere, to say. See Diction, and cf. Dight


In literature:

After his triumphs Caesar, who had been dictator twice before, was named dictator for the term of ten years.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
But it is doing injustice to suppose the expression of such a wish dictated by desire.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
He was in many respects the amusement dictator of his time.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
People became incensed at the sight of a dictator interfering with their private life.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
The Senate might have appointed him Dictator, but would not.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 1 of 8" by Various
General Krukoviecki was made dictator.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
He was destined in after years, and under conditions strangely altered, to be once more the dictator of France.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
It was an emergency calling for the appointment of a dictator.
"Hannibal" by Jacob Abbott
Who, then, is in a position to dictate terms in financial matters?
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
Santander was an officer on the staff of the Dictator, besides being a favourite at Court.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

'Twasq I dictated all their laws
And made State Frights substantially
Their shibboleth; I marked the flaws,
What time they schemed financially.
"The Dictator" by C J Dennis
Search then the Scripture, night and day,
And read it with observing eyes,
Its dictates punctually obey, —
So shalt thou prove extremely wise.
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard
Deep in thy mind his dictates sow,
Nor let the fiends steal thence a part —
The Word's a seed, that there will grow,
If thou wilt plant it in thy heart.
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard
Of resignment to Heaven's high dictates,
'Twas thine, like a martyr, to shed:
That heart—all affection for others—
For thyself, uncomplainingly, bled.
"Constancy, To----" by Thomas Gent
"Guided by honor, how brilliant the road
Leading from cottage to castle abode!"
"Pilgrim, its dictates I learned to obey,
Over the mountains away and away."
"Lord Of The Castle." by George Pope Morris
HOW wayward would that man appear,
His varied thoughts revealing;
Who nature's dictates shall obey,
And yielding to her gentle sway,
Is led alone by feeling.
"A Fragment" by Elizabeth Bath

In news:

On second thought, fascist dictator will not be banned from Oscars.
Although feng shui dictates that red hues should used to promote sleeping and romance, Ediss broke from that tradition here.
Dragon Dictate is Final Cut Pro X to Apple' iMovie.
There are also a lot of unwritten rules that dictate what you shouldn't do.
In North Korea, the Communist dictator, Kim Il Sung, has just died, setting off a quarrel over succession.
He says we live in the "age of the mathematician," in which inordinate power and riches will go to the people who create the algorithms that end up dictating who and what we know.
There was a time, long ago, when the fruits and vegetables of the season dictated consumers' diets.
The very first play of the night dictated how well this game was going to go for the Vikings.
The world's enduring dictators: Yahya Jammeh, Gambia .
A rebel's look inside the houses belonging to ousted Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, his daughter and six sons.
That sounds like the statement of a victor in a war, dictating terms to the vanquished.
Shouldn't that math dictate we'd be spared their return until, at least, the upcoming '20s.
I bring that up because it dictates The Plain Dealer's coverage here this week.
In 1980, a military coup established authoritarian dictator Joao Bernardo "Nino" Vieira as president.
The New York Times reports that schools with an "eco-friendly lunch policy" now dictate the container in which you can put your child's lunch.

In science:

The phase is thus dictated by the shortest orbit.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
This N dependence dictates what are the dominant Feynman diagrams.
Large N field theories from superstrings
The scaling dimension ∆ of an operator ϕ(x) is dictated by the transformation rule under scaling of coordinates: xµ → λxµ , ϕ(x) → ϕ′ (x) = λ∆ϕ(λx) Primary operators are the lowest dimension operators and they are annihilated by Kµ at xµ = 0.
Large N field theories from superstrings
The polarization of the pulse should be dictated by the mechanism of pulse generation: e.g., perpendicular to the line of sight with component along v × B for the charge-separation mechanism.
Extensive Air Shower Radio Detection: Recent Results and Outlook
The general criteria for the effectiveness of supergravity description dictate that the curvature radius as measured in the string frame metric should be large compared to the string length.
Duality Cascade and Oblique Phases in Non-Commutative Open String Theory