Definition of authoritarian
- had authoritarian parents
- an authoritarian regime
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
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adamant, callous, hardened, hard-hearted, hard-line, immovable, implacable, inflexible, merciless, pitiless, relentless, rock-ribbed, stiff, unbending, uncompromising, unrelenting, unsparing, unyielding;
: expecting or requiring people to obey rules or laws : not allowing personal freedom
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