Definition of “authoritarian” - English Dictionary

“authoritarian” in British English

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authoritarianadjective

uk /ˌɔː.θɒr.ɪˈteə.ri.ən/ us /əˌθɔːr.əˈter.i.ən/ disapproving
authoritarian
noun [ C ] uk us

an authoritarian person:

My father was a real authoritarian so we were brought up very strictly.
authoritarianism
noun [ U ] uk /ɔːˌθɒr.ɪˈteə.ri.ə.nɪ.zəm/ us /əˌθɔːr.əˈter.i.ə.nɪ.zəm/

(Definition of “authoritarian” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“authoritarian” in American English

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authoritarianadjective

us /əˌθɔr·əˈteər·i·ən, -əˌθɑr-/

demanding total obedience to those in positions of authority:

an authoritarian ruler/parent

(Definition of “authoritarian” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)