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authoritarian

[ uh-thawr-i-tair-ee-uh n, uh-thor- ]SEE DEFINITION OF authoritarian

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AUTHORITARIAN

At this yielding he, being by nature an authoritarian, seemed not a little pleased.

He has the harsh, authoritarian manner of the provincial of importance.

These are the authoritarian or State Socialist and the individualist methods.

A third point to be noted is the authoritarian character of the regime of the future.

The authoritarian nightmare of the 1960s has come home for them.

To assume this would be to make of the "citizen" an "authoritarian" democrat.

Only it will not come about in the way dreamt of by Phalansterians, nor in the manner often imagined by authoritarian Communists.

It is not for us to answer the objections raised by authoritarian Communism—we ourselves hold with them.

On the one hand we see conservatives, authoritarian and centralist in trend, the devotees of "Studententum" of the old style.

Charles I not only believed in the divine right of kings and was authoritarian; he was the ultimate autocrat.

WORD ORIGIN

1862, "favoring imposed order over freedom," from authority + -an. Cf. authoritative, which originally had this meaning to itself. Noun in the sense of one advocating or practicing such governance is from 1859.

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