autoritaire (un ton)

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by Syagrius, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. Syagrius

    Syagrius Senior Member

    Montréal, Québec, Canada.
    Français. Québec¸Canada.

    Pour dire qu'une personne a un ton autoritaire, dit-on "assertive" ou "authoritative". Ma réviseuse d'anglais a mis un X à chaque fois que je mettais "assertive".

    Votre opinion s.v.p.

    Merci:) .
  2. RuK Senior Member

    Outside Paris
    English/lives France
    Elle corrigeait la traduction, ou elle changeait le style en anglais? Elle parle français, cette correctrice? 'Assertive' exist, mais n'est pas tout à fait 'autoritaire' - 'authoritative' est un brin plus proche, quoique c'est peut-être un avis personnel... sans connaître le texte, c'est dur. Et 'bossy' ?
  3. Don Keyshot

    Don Keyshot Senior Member

    Vancouver BC
    English Canada
    "dictatorial" is on the right track, but maybe a tad too strong!
  4. edwingill Senior Member

    England English
    I would suggest overbearing.
  5. Jean-Michel Carrère Senior Member

    French from France
  6. Kelly B

    Kelly B Senior Member

    USA English
    The English equivalent with the same root is usually authoritarian, rather than authoritative. I think authoritarian fits these TILFi definitions of autoritaire fairly well:
    "qui exerce une autorité absolue..."
    "qui impose nettement sa personnalité, sa volonté à l'autrui..."
    I also like edwingill's overbearing - it might be much better, depending on the context.
    Authoritative is better for a reliable source of information. But then perhaps this is what you really meant - after all, you did not specify...
    I agree with RuK that assertive is much weaker.
  7. Syagrius

    Syagrius Senior Member

    Montréal, Québec, Canada.
    Français. Québec¸Canada.
    (authoritarian, pointing the open door)
    Get out of here !

    That is how a scriptwriter presents a piece of dialog.

    So, I will use authoritarian.

    Merci beaucoup, thank you very much.

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