Definitions for fascismˈfæʃ ɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fas•cismˈfæʃ ɪz əm(n.)

  1. (sometimes cap.) a totalitarian governmental system led by a dictator and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism, militarism, and often racism.

    Category: Government

  2. (sometimes cap.) the philosophy, principles, or methods of fascism.

    Category: Government

  3. (cap.) a movement toward or embodying fascism, esp. the one established by Mussolini in Italy 1922–43.

    Category: Government

Origin of fascism:

1915–20; < It fascismo, der. of fasc(io) bundle, group; see fasces

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fascism(noun)

    a political theory advocating an authoritarian hierarchical government (as opposed to democracy or liberalism)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fascism(noun)ˈfæʃ ɪz əm

    a system of right-wing government that controls everything

    a fascist government; when fascists were in power


  1. fascism(Noun)

    A political regime, having totalitarian aspirations, ideologically based on a relationship between business and the centralized government, business-and-government control of the market place, repression of criticism or opposition, a leader cult and exalting the state and/or religion above individual rights. Originally only applied (usually capitalized) to Benito Mussolini's Italy.

  2. fascism(Noun)

    By vague analogy, any system of strong autocracy or oligarchy usually to the extent of bending and breaking the law, race-baiting and violence against largely unarmed populations.

  3. Origin: From fascismo, from fascio, from fasces, plural of fascis


  1. Fascism

    Fascism is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism that came to prominence in mid-20th century Europe. Fascists seek to unify their nation through a totalitarian state that promotes the mass mobilization of the national community, relying on a vanguard party to initiate a revolution to organize the nation on fascist principles. Hostile to liberal democracy, socialism, and communism, fascist movements share certain common features, including the veneration of the state, a devotion to a strong leader, and an emphasis on ultranationalism, ethnocentrism, and militarism. Fascism views political violence, war, and imperialism as a means to achieve national rejuvenation and asserts that nations and races deemed superior should obtain living space by displacing ones deemed weak or inferior. Fascist ideology consistently invoked the primacy of the state. Leaders such as Benito Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Germany embodied the state and claimed indisputable power. Fascism borrowed theories and terminology from socialism but applied them to what it saw as the more significant conflict between nations and races rather than to class conflict, and focused on ending the divisions between classes within the nation. It advocated a mixed economy, with the principal goal of achieving autarky to secure national self-sufficiency and independence through protectionist and interventionist economic policies. Fascism supports what is sometimes called a Third Position between capitalism and Marxist socialism. Fascist movements emphasized a belligerent, virulent form of nationalism and a fear of foreign people, which they frequently linked to an exaggerated ethnocentrism. The typical fascist state also embraced militarism, a belief in the rigors and virtues of military life as an individual and national ideal, meaning much of public life was organized along military lines and an emphasis put on uniforms, parades, and monumental architecture.

Translations for fascism

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a nationalistic and anti-Communist system of government like that of Italy 1922-43, where all aspects of society are controlled by the state and all criticism or opposition is suppressed.

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