authoritarian

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj authoritarian 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"
    • adj authoritarian expecting unquestioning obedience "the timid child of authoritarian parents","insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter"
    • n authoritarian a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner "my boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • authoritarian Favoring the principle of authority, as opposed to that of individual freedom.
    • n authoritarian One who supports the principle of authority, as opposed to that of individual freedom.
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Quotations

  • Matthew Fox
    Matthew Fox
    “Today's Catholic church seems to reward authoritarian personalities who are clearly ill, violent, sexually obsessed and unable to remember the past.”

Usage

In literature:

The war was portrayed as a conflict between democracy and authoritarianism.
"The Black Experience in America" by Norman Coombs
But there's no mistaking their radically anti-authoritarian tenor.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
I am a convinced authoritarian.
"Prince Otto a Romance" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She is looked upon as a danger to the continued existence of authoritarian usurpation.
"Anarchism and Other Essays" by Emma Goldman
Second: that of authoritarian reason.
"The Idea of Progress" by J. B. Bury
Heterogeneity breeds friction, hatred, violence, instability, poverty and authoritarianism.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
Charles I not only believed in the divine right of kings and was authoritarian; he was the ultimate autocrat.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
The dissolution of democracy in Germany was sealed by the unification of the authoritarian Nazi Party with the German state.
"Readings on Fascism and National Socialism" by Various
Soldiers occasionally use the authoritarian style to demand instant obedience.
"Sequential Problem Solving" by Fredric Lozo
The father usually represents an authoritarian figure.
"A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis" by Melvin Powers
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In news:

High marks to the authoritarian statists for their victory this past Tuesday.
French actor Gerard Depardieu will reportedly play a part in the film based on a script written by the daughter of Uzbekistan 's authoritarian President Islam Karimov.
Michael Perry's octogenarian neighbor, Tom Hartwig, has a jumble of a workshop, a plethora of stories, and an anti-authoritarian streak.
It is often said that the whiplash literature represents some of the most polluted of all medical writing -- rife with polemic and anecdote, baseless authoritarianism, and logically unscripted opinion.
Nor do they have authoritarian governments.
T he authoritarian president of Belarus signed a decree Friday banning some industrial workers in the ex-Soviet nation from leaving their jobs, threatening them with draconian fines if they do.
Taiwan, in stark contrast to China, shrugged off authoritarian rule and underwent a transition over the past two decades to complete democracy, with sometimes-rowdy elections and a thriving civil society WALLY SANTANA — AP Photo.
Critics say Erdogan is too authoritarian and stifles dissent.
The children's classic "Harold and the Purple Crayon" had an anti-authoritarian tint.
French actor Gerard Depardieu will reportedly play a part in the film based on a script written by the daughter of Uzbekistan's authoritarian President Islam Karimov.
MOSCOW — French actor Gerard Depardieu will reportedly play a part in the film based on a script written by the daughter of Uzbekistan's authoritarian President Islam Karimov.
Authoritarian liberalism has taken over Obama administration policy.
Not surprisingly, in a number of authoritarian-minded states, journalists are often the first targets.
"Guy is very much anti-authoritarian," Tomasi says, but it all stems from a point of his life when he was willing to follow in the generations of Gardners who have been part of the Baltimore police force.
But until the recent dramatic events in Egypt, democratization seemed to have waned - even given way to a new wave of authoritarianism around the world.
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In science:

Many people would perceive a decision to decouple civil timekeeping from Earth rotation as an exercise of authoritarian power that no elite scientific or technical group should have been able to influence.
The Colloquium on Decoupling Civil Timekeeping from Earth Rotation
Students would become happy, creative problem solvers and would learn that true science, unlike the authoritarian science represented through the old teaching style, is a force for reason and good.
Physics Education Research: Or it's so hard to find good help these days
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