authoritarian [ə thôr΄ə ter′ē ən, əthär΄ə ter′ē ən]
believing in, relating to, characterized by, or enforcing unquestioning obedience to authority, as that of a dictator, rather than individual freedom of judgment and action
a person who advocates, practices, or enforces such obedience

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