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authoritarian (adj) (of a rule) demanding total obedience to rules and laws even if they are unfair and unjust; (of a person) demanding respect and obedience.

A government or a rule is authoritarian if the people are expected to obey the rules and the laws of it, even if they are unfair, and makes people lose their personal freedom. A person is authoritarian if they expect to be obeyed by others. A school which imposes very strict discipline, giving little scope for its students for free activity is authoritarian.

  • Long under an authoritarian rule, the people felt a great relief when democracy was finally restored.
  • Their father being authoritarian for far too long, the children never felt relaxed in his presence even when they grew up. They never enjoyed 'the happy home atmosphere.'
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