an·​ti·​au·​thor·​i·​tar·​i·​an | \ ˌan-tē-ȯ-ˌthär-ə-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce antiauthoritarian (audio) , -tē-ə-, -ˌthȯr-, ˌan-ˌtī- \
variants: or anti-authoritarian

Definition of antiauthoritarian

: opposed or hostile toward authority, authoritarians, or authoritarianism Yet the digital world has been notoriously reluctant to worry much about security issues, because they pose conflicts with cherished antiauthoritarian notions of freedom.— Jon Katz

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Other Words from antiauthoritarian

antiauthoritarian or anti-authoritarian noun
In communist East Germany, a number of leading antiauthoritarians were arrested. — Bob McGlynn
antiauthoritarianism \ ˌan-​tē-​ȯ-​ˌthär-​ə-​ˈter-​ē-​ə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce antiauthoritarianism (audio) , -​tē-​ə-​ , -​ˌthȯr-​ , ˌan-​ˌtī-​ \ or anti-authoritarianism noun
… the personal antiauthoritarianism exemplified by the sixties pot-smokers … — Katha Pollitt

Examples of antiauthoritarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Insufficient law enforcement, coupled with antiauthoritarian attitudes among non-Natives, contributed to an 'anything goes' atmosphere in which migrants exploited Alaska Natives. Anchorage Daily News, "In story of the legendary ‘Walter Harper: Alaska Native Son,’ Denali is just the beginning," 17 Dec. 2017 He'd always been drawn to antiauthoritarian sites: The hacking group Anonymous interested him because of its dedication to preventing animal cruelty. Jessica Pishko, Esquire, "The FBI Accused Him of Terrorism. He Couldn't Tie His Shoes.," 8 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of antiauthoritarian

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Antiauthoritarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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