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Synonyms for authoritarian
əˌθɔr ɪˈtɛər i ən, əˌθɒr-au·thor·i·tar·i·an

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  1. authoritarianadjective

    Of, or relating to, absolute obedience to an authority.

    The dictator was an authoritarian.

    imperious, commanding

  2. authoritarianadjective

    Characterised by a tyrannical obedience to an authority; dictatorial.

    The authoritarian government was demanding stricter laws for low-wage peasants.

    commanding, imperious

  3. authoritarianadjective

    Tending to impose one's demands upon others as if one was an authority.

    imperious, commanding

Princeton's WordNet

  1. authoritarian, dictatoradjective

    a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner

    "my boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime"

    dictator, potentate

    submissive, democratic

  2. authoritarian, autocratic, dictatorial, despotic, tyrannic, tyrannicaladjective

    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"

    tyrannical, despotical, overbearing, despotic, high-and-mighty, autocratic, oppressive, bossy, dictatorial, magisterial, peremptory, tyrannous, dominating, tyrannic

    democratic, submissive

  3. authoritarian, dictatorial, overbearingadjective

    expecting unquestioning obedience

    "the timid child of authoritarian parents"; "insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter"

    tyrannical, sniffy, overbearing, haughty, despotic, lordly, autocratic, prideful, dictatorial, imperious, swaggering, supercilious, disdainful, tyrannic

    democratic, submissive

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  1. Nurul Izzah:

    For me, if America understands its place in the world, it's very important for them to leverage and ensure that Najib reduces his authoritarian streak.

  2. Manfred Weber:

    China will be our biggest competitor in the future, in economic, social and political terms, i view China as the strategic competitor for Europe, that represents an authoritarian model of society, that wants to expand its power and replace the United States as a leading power.

  3. Michael Montesano:

    The downside may be that voter sympathy for or patience with a continuing authoritarian orientation toward politics has become evident.

  4. Nicholas Spiro:

    This is inevitably going to raise fears about an even more authoritarian, an even more economically populist, nationalistic Turkey.

  5. Thorsten J. Pattberg:

    A Greek invention, democracy is highly overrated. For starters, it never worked in Greece. The first philosophers were fascists and, even today, 2,500 years later, the 'cradle of Western civilization' remains an incompetent state. Roman emperors and a vengeful, authoritarian God are the true European success stories.

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