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Synonyms for dictate

Synonyms for dictate

to set forth expressly and authoritatively

to command or issue commands in an arrogant manner

a code or set of codes governing action or procedure, for example

Synonyms for dictate

an authoritative rule

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a guiding principle

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issue commands or orders for

say out loud for the purpose of recording

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rule as a dictator

References in classic literature ?
After all, the poor young girl was pouting against the dictates of her heart.
Why should its dictates be any better than those of passion?
It is true that her nature sometimes rebelled against these dictates of reason, and that she grew yearly more capricious and impatient; but having a respectful and well-disciplined husband under her thumb at all times, she found it possible, as a rule, to empty any little accumulations of spleen upon his head, and therefore the harmony of the family was kept duly balanced, and things went as smoothly as family matters can.
Monseigneur," he resumed, after a moment's reflection, "I admire the firm, sound sense which dictates your words; I am happy to have discovered my monarch's mind.
A woman dictates before marriage in order that she may have an appetite for submission afterwards.
But yet he smiled, nor was he sorry that he had given way to the dictates of a kindly impulse.
By the dictates of ages no mortal eye might look upon the scene enacted within that sacred chamber.
Always, you see, in accordance with the dictates of some great natural law.
Have a drink," I said, with promptitude, after the pause which I had learned good form in drinking dictates.
Maston, who, despite all dictates of prudence, had kept in advance of the mass, was pitched back 120 feet, shooting like a projectile over the heads of his fellow-citizens.
I will dictate from the model in my possession and you will write.
But God left free the Will, for what obeyes Reason, is free, and Reason he made right, But bid her well beware, and still erect, Least by some faire appeering good surpris'd She dictate false, and missinforme the Will To do what God expresly hath forbid.
Wert thou now in thy treasure-chamber at York, and were I craving a loan of thy shekels, it would be thine to dictate the time of payment, and the pledge of security.
You will say that that was in the comparatively barbarous times; that these are barbarous times too, because also, comparatively speaking, pins are stuck in even now; that though man has now learned to see more clearly than in barbarous ages, he is still far from having learnt to act as reason and science would dictate.
Sit down there," said Villefort, giving up his place to Morrel, "and write what I dictate.