[uh-thawr-i-tair-ee-uh n, uh-thor-]
- favoring complete obedience or subjection to authority as opposed to individual freedom: authoritarian principles; authoritarian attitudes.
- of or relating to a governmental or political system, principle, or practice in which individual freedom is held as completely subordinate to the power or authority of the state, centered either in one person or a small group that is not constitutionally accountable to the people.
- exercising complete or almost complete control over the will of another or of others: an authoritarian parent.
- a person who favors or acts according to authoritarian principles.
Origin of authoritarian
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Examples from the Web for authoritarianism
The network is a flytrap for cranks, conspiracy theorists, anti-Semites, and defenders of authoritarianism.Watch RT, Putin's TV Network, Call the Cops on Me
March 7, 2014
Authoritarianism And Backward Priorities There does not need to be a HealthCare.gov, and there need be no state-run websites.
How cronyism, secrecy, and authoritarianism doomed Obamacare, and why it was all so unnecessary.
But no level of authoritarianism in Morsi's deposed government could justify the level of violence today.Time To Cut Off Egypt
August 14, 2013
They do not welcome the Muslim Brothers' authoritarianism, oppression and heavy handedness, and they will not put up with it.Coup by Acclamation?
July 4, 2013
- favouring, denoting, or characterized by strict obedience to authority
- favouring, denoting, or relating to government by a small elite with wide powers
- despotic; dictatorial; domineering
- a person who favours or practises authoritarian policies
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Word Origin and History for authoritarianism
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