Definition of authoritarianism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

authoritarianism

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ɔːˌθɒrɪˈteəriənɪzəm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˌθɔːrəˈteriənɪzəm//
 
, NAmE//əˌθɑːrəˈteriənɪzəm//
 
[uncountable]
 
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the belief that people should obey authority and rules, even when these are unfair or even when this means the loss of personal freedom an era of authoritarianism