Definition of Gleichschaltung in English:

Gleichschaltung

Line breaks: Gleich|schal¦tung
Pronunciation: /ˈglʌɪxˌʃaltʊŋ
 
, ˈglaɪçˌʃaltʊŋ/

noun

[mass noun]
The standardization of political, economic, and social institutions as carried out in authoritarian states.
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  • For most of the British population today, the notion that people could solve many of the problems of society without governmental Gleichschaltung is completely alien.
  • Blomberg consistently promoted what he called this Gleichschaltung with the National Socialist philosophy until his dismissal at the end of January 1938.
  • The general process of Gleichschaltung concentrated the effective political and military power in the hands of Hitler to a degree unknown in Germany since the days of Frederick the Great.

Origin

German, from gleich 'same' + schalten 'force or bring into line'.

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