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AUTHORITARIAN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does authoritarian mean? 

AUTHORITARIAN (noun)
  The noun AUTHORITARIAN has 1 sense:

1. a person who behaves in an tyrannical manner

  Familiarity information: AUTHORITARIAN used as a noun is very rare.


AUTHORITARIAN (adjective)
  The adjective AUTHORITARIAN has 3 senses:

1. characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty
2. likened to a dictator in severity
3. expecting unquestioning obedience

  Familiarity information: AUTHORITARIAN used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


AUTHORITARIAN (noun)


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Meaning:

A person who behaves in an tyrannical manner

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

authoritarian; dictator

Context example:

my boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime

Hypernyms ("authoritarian" is a kind of...):

oppressor (a person of authority who subjects others to undue pressures)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "authoritarian"):

Big Brother (an authoritarian leader and invader of privacy)

disciplinarian; martinet; moralist (someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms)


AUTHORITARIAN (adjective)


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Meaning:

Characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty

Synonyms:

authoritarian; autocratic; tyrannical; despotic; dictatorial

Context examples:

an authoritarian regime / autocratic government / despotic rulers / a dictatorial rule that lasted for the duration of the war / a tyrannical government

Similar:

undemocratic (not in agreement with or according to democratic doctrine or practice or ideals)


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Meaning:

Likened to a dictator in severity

Synonyms:

authoritarian; dictatorial

Similar:

unpermissive (not inclined to grant permission; severe in discipline)


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Meaning:

Expecting unquestioning obedience

Synonyms:

overbearing; authoritarian; dictatorial

Context examples:

he was imperious and dictatorial / the timid child of authoritarian parents / insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter

Similar:

domineering (tending to domineer)


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