Totalitarian vs. Authoritarian

By Jaxson

  • Totalitarian (adjective)

    Of or relating to a system of government where the people have virtually no authority and the state wields absolute control of every aspect of the country, socially, financially and politically.

  • Totalitarian (noun)

    An advocate of totalitarianism.

  • Authoritarian (adjective)

    Of, or relating to, absolute obedience to an authority.

  • Authoritarian (adjective)

    Characterised by a tyrannical obedience to an authority; dictatorial.

    “The authoritarian government was demanding stricter laws for low-wage peasants.”

  • Authoritarian (adjective)

    Tending to impose one’s demands upon others as if one were an authority.

  • Authoritarian (noun)

    One who commands absolute obedience to his or her authority.

    “The dictator was an authoritarian.”

  • Authoritarian (noun)

    One who follows and is excessively obedient to authority.

  • Authoritarian (adjective)

    favouring or enforcing strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom

    “the transition from an authoritarian to a democratic regime”

  • Authoritarian (adjective)

    showing a lack of concern for the wishes or opinions of others; dictatorial

    “he had an authoritarian and at times belligerent manner”

  • Authoritarian (noun)

    an authoritarian person.

Oxford Dictionary

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