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authoritarian

adjective uk   /ˌɔː.θɒr.ɪˈteə.ri.ən/ us    /əˌθɔːr.ɪˈter.i-/ disapproving
demanding that people obey completely and refusing to allow them freedom to act as they wish: an authoritarian regime/government/ruler His manner is extremely authoritarian.Systems of governmentPowerful people and dictators
authoritarian
noun [C] uk   us  
an authoritarian person: My father was a real authoritarian so we were brought up very strictly.Severe
authoritarianism
noun [U] uk   /-ə.nɪ.zəm/ us  
Systems of government
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