Origin of authoritarianauthorit(y) + -arian
- Authoritarian is defined as something or someone who has complete or almost complete control over one or more people.
A government who is more concerned with having people obey laws than in people having some freedom is an example of an authoritarian government.
- The definition of an authoritarian is a person who expects everyone to do what he says to do.
A dictator is an example of an authoritarian.
- Characterized by or favoring absolute obedience to authority, as against individual freedom: an authoritarian regime.
- Tending to tell other people what to do in a peremptory or arrogant manner. See Synonyms at dictatorial.
(comparative more authoritarian, superlative most authoritarian)
Circa 1880 authority + -arian
- However, the process can give you some clues about your parenting style; the three most common types of parenting include authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive.
- Authoritarian parents are strict disciplinarians, often relying on physical punishment and the withdrawal of affection to shape their child's behavior.
- Authoritarian parents may not understand the reasons behind the rules they make or communicate these underlying reasons to their children, making their commands seem arbitrary to their children.
- While all parents strive towards having children who are well behaved and well grounded, most parents will find themselves falling somewhere in between permissive and authoritarian.
- For a child, the stressor may not be just a single event, but may occur in response to what a child may perceive as excessive demands from an authoritarian or an overbearing parent.