There's a concept which I am not yet familiar with. When someone forces his own ideology, beliefs and thoughts on someone else and not allow them to think for themselves?

For example: when a head chairman state his opinion about a political candidate and makes everyone else in the department approve of him and refuse anyone else to belief anything but what they said.


The person in question is domineering.


domineer VERB

[NO OBJECT] usually as adjective domineering
Assert one's will over another in an arrogant way:
‘Cathy had been a martyr to her gruff, domineering husband’

‘Or is it that they are so controlling and domineering that we don't know how to talk about anything else?’


Are you looking for "opinion-maker"?

  • a person whose opinion influences the opinions of many other people - MW

An opinion maker doesn't force his opinion on others, though. He needn't do it. He is usually so admired and respected by a certain group that whatever he says is taken for granted.


I think the word "impose", as you used it in the title of the question is perfect for the meaning you're trying to convey.

"The chairman was determined to impose his view of the issue on the rest of the committee."

The term is more commonly used of religious belief. For example (from an English national newspaper)

"Whether you're religious or secular, imposing your views on others is foolish" (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/apr/20/deborah-orr-imposing-views-religious-secular)

Dictionary Definition : to establish or apply by authority


  • Thanks for pointing that out. I've edited the answer to make it clear that I think that the word he's used in the title is actually the one he's looking for.
    – user85627
    Dec 11 '16 at 18:36
  • I agree! // Can you add a definition and a link? And -- footnotes are sophisticated, but if you put a link in a footnote, people are liable to miss it. Dec 12 '16 at 0:10

In part, the term "Imprinting" came to mind, but that doesn't seem right. to Indoctrinate? or forcibly indoctrinate?


Perhaps officious:

Your chairman is an officious ideologue.

From Oxford Dictionaries:


  1. assertive of authority in an annoyingly domineering way, especially with regard to petty or trivial matters.

    ‘a policeman came to move them on, an officious, spiteful man’

    1. intrusively enthusiastic in offering help or advice; interfering.

      ‘an officious bystander’

      synonyms: self-important, bumptious, self-assertive, overbearing, overzealous, domineering, opinionated, interfering, intrusive, meddlesome, meddling

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