authoritarian

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Circa 1880 authority +‎ -arian

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɔːˌθɒrɪˈtɛːrɪən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /əˌθɔrəˈtɛriən/, /əˌθɒrəˈtɛriən/, /ɔˌθɔrəˈtɛriən/, /ɔˌθɒrəˈtɛriən/
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Adjective[edit]

authoritarian (comparative more authoritarian, superlative most authoritarian)

  1. Of, or relating to, or exhibiting strict obedience to an authority; favoring authoritarianism over civic and individual liberties.
  2. Demanding obedience to authority; marked by authoritarianism; dictatorial, tyrannical.
    The authoritarian government was demanding stricter laws for low-wage peasants.
    • 2020 March 14, “What Did the Sudden Fall of the Berlin Wall Tell Us?”, in Minghui[1]:
      It may be that precisely due to its weak nature, an authoritarian dictatorship needs rampant violence and lies to maintain its rule.
  3. Tending to impose one's demands upon others as if one were an authority.

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Noun[edit]

authoritarian (plural authoritarians)

  1. One who commands absolute obedience to his or her authority.
    The dictator was an authoritarian.
  2. One who follows and is excessively obedient to authority.
    • 2006, Robert Altemeyer, The Authoritarians

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