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“… turning into a more authoritarian one …”

meanings of authoritarian


  1. Demanding obedience to authority; marked by authoritarianism; dictatorial, tyrannical.
  2. Of, or relating to, or exhibiting strict obedience to an authority; favoring authoritarianism over civic and individual liberties.
  3. Tending to impose one's demands upon others as if one were an authority.


  1. One who follows and is excessively obedient to authority.
  2. One who commands absolute obedience to his or her authority.