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favoring complete obedience or subjection to as opposed to individual freedom:
authoritarian principles; authoritarian attitudes.
of or relating to a governmental or political system, principle, or practice in which individual freedom is held as completely subordinate to the power or of the state, centered either in one person or a small group that is not constitutionally accountable to the people.
exercising complete or almost complete control over the will of another or of others:
an authoritarian parent.
a person who favors or acts according to authoritarian principles.
Contemporary Examples

The seventies were an anti-authoritarian or at least egalitarian period.
Eric Asimov Talks About New Book “How to Love Wine” Sophie Menin October 19, 2012

And pushing the envelope, as she always did, with a playful, anti-authoritarian attitude—up to a point.
Lynn Sherr: Sally Ride’s Heroic and Trailblazing Life as an Astronaut Lynn Sherr July 23, 2012

At its core, the Republican Party is a bottom-up, anti-authoritarian working- and middle-class party.
Republicans Push Back as Rove Aims to Appoint Himself Kingmaker Lloyd Green February 9, 2013

The Obama years have been marked by a sharp turn toward anti-individualist, anti-authoritarian philosophy.
Obama’s Shift Toward Communitarianism Gregory Ferenstein June 29, 2013

Sony Pictures Entertainment has put out some of the most countercultural, anti-authoritarian movies of the past century.
Sony: Hollywood’s Most Subversive Studio Under Attack Marlow Stern December 22, 2014

favouring, denoting, or characterized by strict obedience to authority
favouring, denoting, or relating to government by a small elite with wide powers
despotic; dictatorial; domineering
a person who favours or practises authoritarian policies

1862, “favoring imposed order over freedom,” from authority + -an. Cf. authoritative, which originally had this meaning to itself. Noun in the sense of one advocating or practicing such governance is from 1859.


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