Definition of totalitarian in English:


Syllabification: to·tal·i·tar·i·an
Pronunciation: /tōˌtaliˈte(ə)rēən


  • Of or relating to a system of government that is centralized and dictatorial and requires complete subservience to the state: a totalitarian regime
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    • We usually connect propaganda to totalitarian regimes and undemocratic societies.
    • More often, in fact, they are foot soldiers of totalitarian regimes and of mob rule.
    • Everywhere that people lived under totalitarian dictatorships, they felt he was one of them.


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  • A person advocating a totalitarian system of government.
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    • Shakespeare thus places himself between utopian totalitarians and libertarian fundamentalists.
    • We are radicals - not extremists and totalitarians.
    • Twentieth-century totalitarians - fascists and communists - felt constrained to bow toward popular sovereignty with plebiscitary forms.



Pronunciation: /-ˌnizəm/
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  • A second major interpretation, popular during the Cold War, saw fascism as totalitarianism.
  • Right-wing governments can't do totalitarianism as such because it conflicts with their professed ideology.
  • They shared a more democratic outlook, including a healthy hatred of fascist totalitarianism.

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