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  • adj.domineering
  • noundomineering person

synonyms for authoritarian

  • autocratic
  • dictatorial
  • imperious
  • rigid
  • strict
  • totalitarian
  • tyrannical
  • absolute
  • disciplinarian
  • doctrinaire
  • authoritative
  • despotic
  • dogmatic
  • harsh
  • magisterial
  • severe
  • unyielding
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antonyms for authoritarian

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  • democratic
  • flexible
  • lenient
  • yielding
  • submissive
  • liberal
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    How to use authoritarian in a sentence

    It’s got this increasingly authoritarian tendency, which is consolidating data and increasing surveillance, but it still has a strong civil society and a court system that’s pushing back.
    PODCAST: COVID-19 IS HELPING TURN BRAZIL INTO A SURVEILLANCE STATEANTHONY GREENSEPTEMBER 16, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
    That accusation carries all the more weight under Hong Kong’s newly authoritarian reality, where provoking by unlawful means “hatred” toward the government can amount to a crime of collusion with external elements, punishable by lengthy prison terms.
    BEIJING’S PUSH FOR MASS COVID TESTING IN HONG KONG COMMITS THE CARDINAL SIN OF PUBLIC HEALTHMARY HUIAUGUST 25, 2020QUARTZ
    To do that, they must be clear about what their values are and why they differ from those of authoritarian regimes.
    HOW CHINA SURVEILS THE WORLDTATE RYAN-MOSLEYAUGUST 19, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
    Recently, though, the country has veered down a more authoritarian path.
    BRAZIL IS SLIDING INTO TECHNO-AUTHORITARIANISMTATE RYAN-MOSLEYAUGUST 19, 2020MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
    An LGBTQ activist in Belarus on Monday said she remains optimistic that nationwide protests will ultimately oust her country’s authoritarian president.
    BELARUS LGBTQ ACTIVIST JOINS ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTSMICHAEL K. LAVERSAUGUST 18, 2020WASHINGTON BLADE
    At stake is whether Hong Kong goes the way of East Berlin—completely taken over by a Communist dictatorship—or holds out, like West Berlin, as a free, if isolated, enclave in the shadow of an authoritarian power.
    “WE ARE ALL HONG KONGERS”: HOW THE HONG KONG PROTEST MOVEMENT BECAME THE WORLD’S FIGHTMARY HUIAUGUST 16, 2020QUARTZ
    The campaigning efforts of these three women in an authoritarian state like Belarus have been highly impressive.
    BELARUS ELECTION: CONTESTED RESULT SPARKS MASSIVE UNREST AS EUROPE’S ‘LAST DICTATOR’ CLAIMS VICTORYLGBTQ-EDITORAUGUST 12, 2020NO STRAIGHT NEWS
    Alexander Lukashenko, the authoritarian leader of Belarus who came to power in 1994, has won his sixth presidential election.
    BELARUS ELECTION: CONTESTED RESULT SPARKS MASSIVE UNREST AS EUROPE’S ‘LAST DICTATOR’ CLAIMS VICTORYLGBTQ-EDITORAUGUST 12, 2020NO STRAIGHT NEWS
    In fact, their findings show that 1 in 3 Americans have, at some point in the last three years, supported some kind of authoritarian view, and only about 80 percent said it was very important to live in a democracy.
    WHAT HAPPENED IN PORTLAND SHOWS JUST HOW FRAGILE OUR DEMOCRACY ISMAGGIE KOERTH (MAGGIE.KOERTH-BAKER@FIVETHIRTYEIGHT.COM)AUGUST 5, 2020FIVETHIRTYEIGHT
    The move has led—at least in the West—to warnings of a global AI arms race and concerns about the growing reach of China’s authoritarian surveillance state.
    CHINA AND AI: WHAT THE WORLD CAN LEARN AND WHAT IT SHOULD BE WARY OFHESSY ELLIOTTJULY 3, 2020SINGULARITY HUB 
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    WORDS RELATED TO AUTHORITARIAN

    • authoritarian
    • despot
    • dictator
    • oppressor
    • strongman
    • totalitarian
    • tyrant
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