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Dictionary definition for: Authoritarian

1. (n) a person behaves in an tyrannical manner; "my boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime"

2. (s) 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. (s) likened to a dictator in severity

4. (s) expecting unquestioning obedience; "he was imperious and dictatorial" "the timid child of authoritarian parents" "insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter"

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