Definitions for: Authoritarian


[n] a person behaves in an tyrannical manner; "my boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime"
[adj] characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty; "an authoritarian regime"; "autocratic government"; "despotic rulers"; "a dictatorial rule that lasted for the duration of the war"; "a tyrannical government"
[adj] expecting unquestioning obedience; "he was imperious and dictatorial"; "the timid child of authoritarian parents"; "insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter"
[adj] likened to a dictator in severity



Synonyms: autocratic, despotic, dictator, dictatorial, domineering, overbearing, tyrannical, undemocratic, unpermissive

See Also: Big Brother, disciplinarian, martinet, moralist, oppressor

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