an·​ti·​au·​thor·​i·​tar·​i·​an ˌan-tē-ȯ-ˌthär-ə-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce antiauthoritarian (audio)
variants or anti-authoritarian
: 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
antiauthoritarian noun
or anti-authoritarian
In communist East Germany, a number of leading antiauthoritarians were arrested. Bob McGlynn
ˌan-tē-ȯ-ˌthär-ə-ˈter-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce antiauthoritarian (audio)
or anti-authoritarianism
… the personal antiauthoritarianism exemplified by the sixties pot-smokers … Katha Pollitt

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Boseman’s role in Lee’s film—as an officer in the Vietnam War who, with a personal version of antiauthoritarian radicalism, both mentors and educates young Black soldiers under his command—is brief but fierce and complex. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 8 Sep. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antiauthoritarian was in 1907

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Cite this Entry

“Antiauthoritarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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