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Noun: authoritarianism  o,thor-u'teh-ree-u,ni-zum or o,thór-u'teh-ree-u,ni-zum [N. Amer], o,thó-ru'teh-ree-u,ni-zum [Brit]
  1. A form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution, laws or opposition etc.)
    - dictatorship, absolutism, Caesarism, despotism, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny

Derived forms: authoritarianisms

Type of: autarchy, autocracy

Encyclopedia: Authoritarianism