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authoritarianism

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.

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Authoritarianism Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /əˌθɔrəˈtɛriəˌnɪzəm/
      • /ɔˌθɔrəˈtɛriəˌnɪzəm/
      • /ɑˌθɔrəˈtɛriəˌnɪzəm/
    • British English
      • /ɔːˌθɒrᵻˈtɛːrɪənɪz(ə)m/
      • /ˌɔːθɒrᵻˈtɛːrɪənɪz(ə)m/
  • Syllabification: (au·thor·i·tar·i·an·ism)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: authoritarianisms
  • Also called:
    • authoritarian government
    • authoritarian political system
    • authoritarian regime

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Cite the Definition of Authoritarianism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “authoritarianism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 24, 2019 (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 August 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/authoritarianism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“authoritarianism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/authoritarianism/>.