Definition of authoritarian adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɔːˌθɒrɪˈteəriən//
; NAmE NAmE//əˌθɔːrəˈteriən//
, NAmE//əˌθɑːrəˈteriən//
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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-orientated. Father was an authoritarian figure. Many have accused him of an authoritarian style of leadership. Policing policy has become discernibly more authoritarian.

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