|1.||[ adjective ] expecting unquestioning obedience|
"he was imperious and dictatorial" "the timid child of authoritarian parents" "insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter"
|2.||[ adjective ] likened to a dictator in severity|
|3.||[ adjective ] of or characteristic of a dictator|
|4.||[ adjective ] (politics) characteristic of an absolute ruler or absolute rule; having absolute sovereignty|
|Synonyms:||authoritarian tyrannical despotic autocratic|
"an authoritarian regime" "autocratic government" "despotic rulers" "a dictatorial rule that lasted for the duration of the war" "a tyrannical government"