Authoritarianism is the belief that one person or group should have the power to make decisions without any input from other people. This can be dangerous, because it can lead to dictatorship.

  • The authoritarian ruler is always right, and anyone who disagrees with him or her is always wrong.

  • The authoritarian ruler is always trying to control everything and everyone.

  • The authoritarian ruler is always trying to make everyone conform to his or her beliefs.

Definition of authoritarianism


a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)


absolutism, caesarism, despotism, dictatorship, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny

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Example Sentences for authoritarianism

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    It works by the authoritarian command of a clique of users.

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    He was beguiled by the authoritarians.

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    The opposite of authoritarian is libertarian.

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    Those are the behaviors of authoritarian government.

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    Anarchism means abolishment of the authoritarian state.

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    Authoritarian parenting was the most popular way.

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    Hamilton was the unoffical leader of the authoritarian faction.

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    The regime became increasingly authoritarian and conservative.

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    In the Middle East, the majority of states are classed as authoritarian.

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    Bodiul was one of the most authoritarian rullers of Soviet Moldavia.