antiauthoritarian

adjective an·ti·au·thor·i·tar·i·an \ ˌan-tē-ȯ-ˌthär-ə-ˈter-ē-ən , -tē-ə- , -ˌthȯr- , ˌan-ˌtī- \
variants: or anti-authoritarian
Updated on: 31 Dec 2017

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

antiauthoritarian

or anti-authoritarian noun
    • In communist East Germany, a number of leading antiauthoritarians were arrested.
    • —Bob McGlynn

antiauthoritarianism

play \ˌan-tē-ȯ-ˌthär-ə-ˈter-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm, -tē-ə-, -ˌthȯr-, ˌan-ˌtī-\ or anti-authoritarianism noun
    • … the personal antiauthoritarianism exemplified by the sixties pot-smokers …
    • —Katha Pollitt

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First Known Use of antiauthoritarian

1907


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