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
authoritarianismplay \-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun
Examples of authoritarian in a Sentence
grew up with an authoritarian older sister who thought she was queen of the world
an authoritarian coach who runs football practice like it's boot camp
Recent Examples of authoritarian from the Web
More than 7.5m Venezuelans, about a third of the electorate, voted in a referendum organised by the opposition to the authoritarian regime.
Today, however, China's authoritarian regime is directing its tools of oppression at beloved children's book character Winnie the Pooh.
Keep in mind: This will not be a channel that delves into the underbelly of the Olympic Games, whether drug usage, infrastructure spending, or the IOC awarding Games to authoritarian regimes.
The vast majority of the new arrivals were fleeing long-standing authoritarian regimes in Eritrea and Sudan.
Moammar Gadhafi of Libya -- an authoritarian who gave up his nascent nuclear program, only to be deposed, with U.S. help, as soon as his people turned against him.
As Ishaan Tharoor writes, Turkey under Recep Tayyip Erdogan offers a cautionary tale of what happens when a free press fails to defend itself effectively against an authoritarian leader.
US officials’ struggle to catch Belan illustrates a larger challenge as authoritarian countries integrate cyber tools into their military arsenals.
Now, as Venezuela government seeks to sell another $5 billion at a steep discount, Wall Street is weighing the attractiveness of such deal against the optics of helping an authoritarian leader stay in power.
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AUTHORITARIAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of authoritarian for English Language Learners
: expecting or requiring people to obey rules or laws : not allowing personal freedom
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