authoritarian (n.)

  1. a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner; my boss is a dictator who makes everyone work overtime

    [ Syn: dictator ]

    authoritarian (adj.)

  1. 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

    [ Syn: autocratic , dictatorial , despotic , tyrannic , tyrannical ]

  2. expecting unquestioning obedience; the timid child of authoritarian parents; insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter

    [ Syn: dictatorial , overbearing ]

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