(noun, adjective)


1. characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty

- an authoritarian regime

Similar word(s): undemocratic, autocratic, despotic, dictatorial, tyrannic, tyrannical

2. expecting unquestioning obedience

- the timid child of authoritarian parents

Similar word(s): domineering, dictatorial, overbearing

Sentences with authoritarian as an adjective:

- The authoritarian government was demanding stricter laws for low-wage peasants.


1. a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner

Similar word(s): dictator

Definition categories: person, oppressor

Sentences with authoritarian as a noun:

- The dictator was an authoritarian.