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Definition of authoritarian adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

authoritarian

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//əˌθɔrəˈtɛriən//
 
, NAmE//əˌθɑr‑//
 
 
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believing that people should obey authority and rules, even when these are unfair, and even if it means that they lose their personal freedom an authoritarian regime/government/state The school was very authoritarian and exam-oriented. Father was an authoritarian figure.
authoritarian noun
 
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Father was a strict authoritarian.
authoritarianism
 
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NAmE//‑ˈtɛriəˌnɪzəm//
 
noun [uncountable]