Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Characterized by or favoring absolute obedience to authority, as against individual freedom.
  • adjective Tending to tell other people what to do in a peremptory or arrogant manner. synonym: dictatorial.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Favoring the principle of authority, as opposed to that of individual freedom.
  • noun One who supports the principle of authority, as opposed to that of individual freedom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun behaves like a tyrant.
  • adjective characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty; -- of governments or rulers
  • adjective expecting unquestioning obedience: "he was imperious and dictatorial"; "the timid child of authoritarian parents"; "insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter"

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, or relating to, absolute obedience to an authority.
  • adjective Characterised by a tyrannical obedience to an authority; dictatorial.
  • adjective Tending to impose one's demands upon others as if one was an authority.
  • noun One who commands absolute obedience to his or her authority.
  • noun One who follows and is excessively obedient to authority.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective expecting unquestioning obedience
  • noun a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner
  • adjective characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty

Etymologies

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Circa 1880 authority +‎ -arian

Examples

  • The term authoritarian is used to describe an organization or a state which enforces strong and sometimes oppressive measures against those in its sphere of influence, generally without attempts at gaining their consent and often not allowing feedback on its policies.

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  • The term authoritarian is used to describe an organization or a state which enforces strong and sometimes oppressive measures against those in its sphere of influence, generally without attempts at gaining their consent and often not allowing feedback on its policies.

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  • Frustrated by what they characterize as authoritarian work environments and less-generous pay scales - the typical new hire makes 30% less under the FAA's imposed terms - many veteran controllers have opted to retire in recent years.

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  • It openly proclaimed itself in favour of what it described as authoritarian rule.

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  • It openly proclaimed itself in favour of what it described as authoritarian rule.

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  • But 11 of those lawmakers have since broken with Chavez and his left-leaning coalition, citing what they call his authoritarian tendencies.

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  • But 11 of those lawmakers have since broken with Chavez and his left-leaning coalition, citing what they call his authoritarian tendencies.

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  • But 11 of those lawmakers have since broken with Chavez and his left-leaning coalition, citing what they call his authoritarian tendencies.

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  • But 11 of those lawmakers have since broken with Chavez and his left-leaning coalition, citing what they call his authoritarian tendencies.

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  • But 11 of those lawmakers have since broken with Chavez and his left-leaning coalition, citing what they call his authoritarian tendencies.

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