Definition of authoritarian in English:


Syllabification: au·thor·i·tar·i·an
Pronunciation: /əˌTHôriˈte(ə)rēən, ôˌTHär-


  • 1Favoring or enforcing strict obedience to authority, especially that of the government, at the expense of personal freedom: the transition from an authoritarian to a democratic regime
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    • The historiography reveals insights into the authoritarian mindset of freedom fighters shaped as a product of oppression and armed resistance.
    • The church and the Communist Party were both, it used to be argued, dogmatic and authoritarian institutions, demanding obedience and total commitment.
    • These rules had been strongly enforced during authoritarian regimes to the point that people risked imprisonment or even death if they failed to follow them.
  • 1.1Showing a lack of concern for the wishes or opinions of others; domineering; dictatorial: he had an authoritarian and at times belligerent manner
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    • Staff were also concerned about authoritarian management practices and a lack of transparency in appointments.
    • Children of authoritarian parents lacked social skills with their peers.
    • The calls strengthened public opinion that she is authoritarian and allergic to criticism.


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  • Something of the dictator's authoritarianism will survive him.
  • But it was written before the second world war and is actually a warning about authoritarianism and fascism.
  • He represents traditional elite authoritarianism - along with its fear of the people and distrust of democracy.

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