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- (UK) IPA(key): /ɔːˌθɒrɪˈtɛːrɪən/
- (US) IPA(key): /əˌθɔrəˈtɛriən/, /əˌθɒrəˈtɛriən/, /ɔˌθɔrəˈtɛriən/, /ɔˌθɒrəˈtɛriən/
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- Of, or relating to, or exhibiting strict obedience to an authority; favoring authoritarianism over civic and individual liberties.
- 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:
- It may be that precisely due to its weak nature, an authoritarian dictatorship needs rampant violence and lies to maintain its rule.
- Tending to impose one's demands upon others as if one were an authority.
- (characterised by a tyrannical obedience to an authority): illiberal, oppressive
- (tending to impose one's demands): arrogant, commanding, haughty, imperious
- See also Thesaurus:bossy
- (characterised by a tyrannical obedience to an authority): liberal
- (tending to impose one's demands): servile, humble, modest
authoritarian (plural authoritarians)
- One who commands absolute obedience to his or her authority.
- The dictator was an authoritarian.
- One who follows and is excessively obedient to authority.
- 2006, Robert Altemeyer, The Authoritarians
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