authoritarian

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adjective au·thor·i·tar·i·an \ȯ-ˌthär-ə-ˈter-ē-ən, ə-, -ˌthȯr-\

Definition of authoritarian

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or favoring blind submission to authority <had authoritarian parents>

  2. 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>

authoritarian

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authoritarianism

play \-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun

Examples of authoritarian in a sentence

  1. <grew up with an authoritarian older sister who thought she was queen of the world>

  2. <an authoritarian coach who runs football practice like it's boot camp>

Origin and Etymology of authoritarian

see authority


First Known Use: 1861


AUTHORITARIAN Defined for English Language Learners

authoritarian

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adjective au·thor·i·tar·i·an \ȯ-ˌthär-ə-ˈter-ē-ən, ə-, -ˌthȯr-\

Definition of authoritarian for English Language Learners

  • : expecting or requiring people to obey rules or laws : not allowing personal freedom



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