- authoritarian, authoritativeThese two words should be carefully distinguished as their implications are quite different. Authoritarian is generally used of people or their actions and has the unfavourable meaning ‘favouring or encouraging strict obedience to authority’ (with overtones of excess); typical collocates include regime, ruler, government, personality, and leadership. Authoritative is generally used of things that people say or write, or the manner of their saying them (voice is a common collocate), and has the favourable meaning ‘recognized as true or dependable’. Examples: (authoritarian)
• The West was happy to bolster authoritarian governments that were not controlled by the Soviet Union to prevent them from turning communist —Foreign Affairs Magazine, 2004
• (authoritative) He was cool, authoritative, and well spoken
• a very authoritative article which looks at whether the Queen or the Governor General is Australia's head of State —J. Ray, 2003.
Modern English usage. 2014.
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