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authoritarian

adjective au·thor·i·tar·i·an \-ˌthär-ə-ˈter-ē-ən, ə-, -ˌthr-\

: expecting or requiring people to obey rules or laws : not allowing personal freedom

Full Definition of AUTHORITARIAN

1
:  of, relating to, or favoring blind submission to authority <had authoritarian parents>
2
:  of, relating to, or favoring a concentration of power in a leader or an elite not constitutionally responsible to the people <an authoritarian regime>
authoritarian noun
au·thor·i·tar·i·an·ism \-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun

Examples of AUTHORITARIAN

  1. <grew up with an authoritarian older sister who thought she was queen of the world>
  2. <an authoritarian coach who runs football practice like it's boot camp>

First Known Use of AUTHORITARIAN

1861

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

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