Definition of totalitarian in English:

totalitarian

Line breaks: to¦tali|tar¦ian
Pronunciation: /ˌtəʊtalɪˈtɛːrɪən
 
, tə(ʊ)ˌtalɪ-/

adjective

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.
Synonyms

noun

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A person advocating a totalitarian system of government: most totalitarians seem afraid of the spirit of science
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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.
Synonyms
authoritarian, autocrat, dictator, tyrant, absolutist, despot, fascist, Nazi, neo-Nazi, Stalinist

Derivatives

totalitarianism

noun
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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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