authoritarian authoritarian  /ə ˌθɔ rə ˈtɛ ri ən/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner
  2. (adj) characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty
  3. (adj) expecting unquestioning obedience

Usage(s):

  1. South Korean society hasn't shaken off its authoritarian streak.
  2. If he continues to personify the violent, authoritarian and repressive streak in Georgian nationalism, he may get the civil war he predicted -- inside Georgia itself.
  3. The Bush Administration provides moral support, but brave Arab democrats battling authoritarian regimes are the real heroes.

News

  1. The dark future of cellphone bans?

    As with all authoritarian, dystopian societies, this one starts with something relatively reasonable and well-meaning. The year is 2015, only two years after the town of Chapel Hill reinstates a ban on most cellphone use while operating a vehicle.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Daily Tar Heel

  2. Thousands of anti-Putin protesters march in Moscow

    MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of Russian opposition activists marched through Moscow on Wednesday, decrying President Vladimir Putin's authoritarian rule and calling for the release of people they consider political prisoners.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  3. Thousands march through Moscow in support of anti-Putin protesters jailed for more than a year

    MOSCOW — Thousands of Russian opposition activists are marching through Moscow decrying President Vladimir Putin's authoritarian rule and calling for the release of people they consider political prisoners.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Quotes

  1. "Putin has created an authoritarian regime against the Russian constitution," Berezovsky told The Associated Press by telephone from Britain.
    on Apr 13, 2007 By: Boris Berezovsky Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Throwing around phrases like 'socialist' and 'Soviet- style takeover' and 'fascist' and 'right-wing nut,' that may grab headlines, but it also has the effect of comparing our government, our political opponents, to authoritarian, even murderous...
    on May 1, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: BusinessWeek

  3. "The picture emerging from this pattern of behavior is that of a Russia increasingly authoritarian at home and aggressive abroad," Rice said.
    on Sep 18, 2008 By: Condoleezza Rice Source: AFP

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