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
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.
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.
Governments throughout the Americas have finally begun to denounce Maduro's authoritarian rule.
An authoritarian ethos Studies from the past 40 years have shown that regular, heavy exposure to television can shape your views on violence, gender, science, health, religion, minorities and more.
And confirming others’ studies, more authoritarian respondents strongly leaned toward Trump.
Their grouping, Respect, says an initiative by the Coalition for the Family – also a civil society group – will push the EU state onto a populist, authoritarian track leading to an erosion of democratic rights and liberties.
The authoritarian Communist Party rulers in Beijing insist that Taiwan and the Chinese mainland are part of a single Chinese nation and have vowed to take control of the island by force if necessary.
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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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