authoritarian personality

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authoritarian personality au·thor·i·tar·i·an personality (ə-thôr'ĭ-târ'ē-ən, ô-thôr'-)
A personality pattern reflecting a desire for security, order, power, and status, with a desire for structured lines of authority, a conventional set of values or outlook, a demand for unquestioning obedience, and a tendency to be hostile toward or use as scapegoats individuals of minority or nontraditional groups.

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