authoritarian personality

[ ə-thôr′ĭ-târē-ən ]


A personality pattern reflecting a desire for security, order, power, and status, with a desire for structured lines of authority, a conventional set of values or outlook, a demand for unquestioning obedience, and a tendency to be hostile toward or use as scapegoats individuals of minority or nontraditional groups.

Nearby words

  1. authorial,
  2. authoring,
  3. authorisation,
  4. authorise,
  5. authoritarian,
  6. authoritarianism,
  7. authoritative,
  8. authority,
  9. authority control,
  10. authority figure

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