Definition of Authoritarianism
(noun) A type of government that maintains near absolute control typically by force, showing little concern for public opinion, and governed by a single individual, group, or class.
Examples of Authoritarianism
- Cuba under Fidel Castro (1926–2016)
- Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe (born 1924)
Types of Authoritarianism
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /əˌθɔrəˈtɛriəˌnɪzəm/
- British English – /ɔːˌθɒrɪˈteərɪənɪz(ə)m/
- Plural: authoritarianisms
- Also called:
- authoritarian government
- authoritarian political system
- authoritarian regime
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “authoritarianism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/authoritarianism/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
authoritarianism. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/authoritarianism/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “authoritarianism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/authoritarianism/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“authoritarianism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/authoritarianism/>.