In a political context - In favor of large, intrusive government that
violates or suppresses
individual rights; characterized by a "law and order" approach; failing
to support civil liberties and/or economic freedom
in society; undemocratic
In a non-political context - Bossy, controlling, domineering
People with authoritarian views, agendas, or personalities rarely describe
themselves as authoritarian, but can often be spotted when they try to rationalize some government
control as being
necessary "for national security", "for public safety", "for the children", or "for your own good".
The longer Senator Bullwrap stayed
in office, the more
authoritarian he became.