Meaning of authoritarianism in English:


Pronunciation /ɔːˌθɒrɪˈtɛːrɪənɪz(ə)m/

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mass noun
  • 1The enforcement or advocacy of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom.

    ‘The transparency that was required for the treaty's implementation helped the country's evolution from one-party authoritarianism to multiparty democracy.’
    • ‘The president's thinking was shaped by this country's democratic values in contrast with that country's authoritarianism.’
    • ‘Forced labor, in the midst of a war against authoritarianism, was a dicey matter.’
    • ‘The authoritarianism of the party was not imposed to outlaw trade unions.’
    • ‘No major cross-regional analysis provides convincing evidence that Internet use is likely to undermine authoritarianism.’
    • ‘The ruling authoritarianism there breeds inept and corrupt politicians.’
    • ‘These leaders must take a chance that a cautious relaxation of authoritarianism will breed moderation among extremist oppositions.’
    • ‘A reassessment of the training methods and the culture of secrecy and authoritarianism that has permeated this police force for many decades is needed.’
    • ‘Who wouldn't want to turn the world's most populous nation away from authoritarianism?’
    • ‘These people who want greater transparency, greater accountability, are upset about the corruption and the dominant authoritarianism.’
    1. 1.1Lack of concern for the wishes or opinions of others.
      ‘Perhaps because of her humble background, she studiously avoids the elitism and authoritarianism of many of her competitors.’
      • ‘It was the bitter resentment of an unhappy childhood that set Butler against all dogma, all overweening authority and authoritarianism.’
      • ‘The existence of a leader who hires the group and essentially defines its artistic mission implies a certain authoritarianism.’
      • ‘In my experience, moral outrage all too quickly becomes self-righteous authoritarianism.’
      • ‘This sexual authoritarianism is justified by a biological perception of sexual differences.’
      • ‘This is a city that struggles unsuccessfully to shake the traditions of backwardness, authoritarianism, ignorance, corruption, and social inequality.’
      • ‘We are in a period of transition, from several thousands of years of male authoritarianism, and a new society must be forged.’
      • ‘This is real moral leadership, as distinguished from the authoritarianism masquerading as morality.’
      • ‘I am not surprised that these conservatives would be excited and thrilled to see a re-affirmation of their authoritarianism and bigotry.’