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Meaning & Definition of Authoritarian in English

English

Authoritarian

/əθɔrətɛriən/

noun

1. A person who behaves in a tyrannical manner

  • "My boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime"
    synonym:
  • authoritarian
  • ,
  • dictator

adjective

1. Characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule

  • Having absolute sovereignty
  • "An authoritarian regime"
  • "Autocratic government"
  • "Despotic rulers"
  • "A dictatorial rule that lasted for the duration of the war"
  • "A tyrannical government"
    synonym:
  • authoritarian
  • ,
  • autocratic
  • ,
  • dictatorial
  • ,
  • despotic
  • ,
  • tyrannic
  • ,
  • tyrannical

2. Expecting unquestioning obedience

  • "The timid child of authoritarian parents"
  • "Insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter"
    synonym:
  • authoritarian
  • ,
  • dictatorial
  • ,
  • overbearing