adjective Date: 1879 1. of, relating to, or favoring blind submission to authority <
had authoritarian parents
2. of, relating to, or favoring a concentration of power in a leader or an elite not constitutionally responsible to the people <
an authoritarian regime
authoritarian nounauthoritarianism noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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