[ adjective ] (politics) characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty
"an authoritarian regime" "autocratic government" "despotic rulers" "a dictatorial rule that lasted for the duration of the war" "a tyrannical government"
Used in print(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)
Why , in_the_first_place , call himself a liberal if he is against laissez-faire and favors an authoritarian central government with womb-to-tomb controls over everybody ?(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)
Nevertheless , impulses still exist among the ruling elite to rationalize and thus to perpetuate the need for centralized and authoritarian practices .