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Definition of Authoritarian

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despotic, dictatorial, disciplinarian
dictator, tyrant, despot
Authoritarian Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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authoritarian
adj
1. 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" [syn: autocratic, dictatorial, despotic, tyrannical]


2. likened to a dictator in severity [syn: dictatorial]


3. expecting unquestioning obedience; "he was imperious and dictatorial"; "the timid child of authoritarian parents"; "insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter" [syn: dictatorial, overbearing]
n : behaves like a tyrant [syn: dictator]




WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a person behaves in an tyrannical manner; "my boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime"
(synonym) dictator
(hypernym) oppressor
(hyponym) Big Brother

Adjective
1. 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"
(synonym) autocratic, dictatorial, despotic, tyrannical
(similar) undemocratic
2. likened to a dictator in severity
(synonym) dictatorial
(similar) unpermissive
3. expecting unquestioning obedience; "he was imperious and dictatorial"; "the timid child of authoritarian parents"; "insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter"
(synonym) dictatorial, overbearing
(similar) domineering
Authoritarian Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Authoritarianism is a form of government. Juan Linz, whose 1964 description of authoritarianism is influential, characterised authoritarian regimes as political systems by four qualities: (1) "limited, not responsible, political pluralism"; that is, constraints on political institutions and groups (such as legislatures, political parties and interest groups), (2) a basis for legitimacy based on emotion, especially the identification of the regime as a necessary evil to combat "easily recognizable societal problems" such as underdevelopment or insurgency; (3) neither "intensive nor extensive political mobilization" and constraints on the mass public (such as repressive tactics against opponents and a prohibition of anti-regime activity) and (4) "formally ill-defined" executive power, often shifting or vague.

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