Authoritarian definition

ə-thôrĭ-târē-ən, ə-thŏr-, ô-
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Believing in, relating to, characterized by, or enforcing unquestioning obedience to authority, as that of a dictator, rather than individual freedom of judgment and action.
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Tending to tell other people what to do in a peremptory or arrogant manner.
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A person who advocates, practices, or enforces such obedience.
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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.

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Characterized by or favoring absolute obedience to authority, as against individual freedom.

An authoritarian regime.

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Tending to impose one's demands upon others as if one was an authority.
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Of, or relating to, absolute obedience to an authority.
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Characterised by a tyrannical obedience to an authority; dictatorial.

The authoritarian government was demanding stricter laws for low-wage peasants.

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One who commands absolute obedience to his or her authority.

The dictator was an authoritarian.

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One who follows and is excessively obedient to authority.
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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.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
authoritarian
Plural:
authoritarians

Origin of authoritarian

  • Circa 1880 authority +‎ -arian

    From Wiktionary