authoritarian definition

  • adjective:
    • Characterized by or favoring absolute obedience to expert, as against individual freedom: an authoritarian regime.
    • Of, associated with, or anticipating unquestioning obedience. See Synonyms at dictatorial.
    • Of, or associated with, absolute obedience to an authority.
    • Characterised by a tyrannical obedience to an expert; dictatorial.
    • looking after enforce one's needs upon other people as if one ended up being an expert.
    • attribute of a complete ruler or absolute guideline; having absolute sovereignty; -- of governing bodies or rulers
    • anticipating unquestioning obedience: "he ended up being imperious and dictatorial"; "the timid son or daughter of authoritarian parents"; "insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter"
    • anticipating unquestioning obedience
    • characteristic of a total ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty
  • noun:
    • one that commands absolute obedience to his or her authority.
    • person who employs and is exceedingly acquiescent to expert.
    • behaves like a tyrant.
    • a person who supports the principle of expert, unlike that of specific freedom.
    • a person who behaves in a tyrannical way
  • others:
    • Favoring the concept of authority, as opposed to that of specific freedom.

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