Definition of authoritarian in English:


Line breaks: au¦thori|tar¦ian
Pronunciation: /ɔːˌθɒrɪˈtɛːrɪən


1Favouring or enforcing strict obedience to authority 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; 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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An authoritarian person.
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  • The power structures may have changed, but authoritarians will still abuse power however they can.
  • But the agenda of right-wing authoritarians did not change.
  • Their dirty little secret is that they know that the majority of Americans are not by nature authoritarians - they are individualists and communitarians.



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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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