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  Definition of authoritarian
  1. a person behaves in an tyrannical manner; "my boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime"
  2. 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"
  3. expecting unquestioning obedience; "he was imperious and dictatorial"; "the timid child of authoritarian parents"; "insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter"
  4. likened to a dictator in severity
Similar Words: dictator, autocratic, dictatorial, despotic, tyrannical, overbearing

 

Hyponyms: Big Brother, martinet, disciplinarian, moralist

 

Derivational Morphology: order, prescribe, dictate

 

 
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