• (British) IPA: /ɔːˌθɒrɪˈtɛːrɪən/
  • (America) IPA: /əˌθɔrəˈtɛriən/, /əˌθɒrəˈtɛriən/, /ɔˌθɔrəˈtɛriən/, /ɔˌθɒrəˈtɛriən/


  1. Of, or relating to, or exhibiting strict obedience to an authority; favoring authoritarianism over civic and individual liberties.
  2. Demanding obedience to authority; marked by authoritarianism; dictatorial, tyrannical.
    The authoritarian government was demanding stricter laws for low-wage peasants.
  3. Tending to impose one's demands upon others as if one were an authority.
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authoritarian (plural authoritarians)

  1. One who commands absolute obedience to his or her authority.
    The dictator was an authoritarian.
  2. One who follows and is excessively obedient to authority.
    • 2006, Robert Altemeyer, The Authoritarians

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