Definitions for totalitarianism

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

to•tal•i•tar•i•antoʊˌtæl ɪˈtɛər i ən(adj.)

  1. noting or pertaining to a centralized government that does not tolerate parties of differing opinion and that exercises dictatorial control over many aspects of life.

    Category: Government

  2. exercising control over the freedom, will, or thought of others; authoritarian; autocratic.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Government

  3. (n.)an adherent of totalitarian principles or government.

    Category: Government

Origin of totalitarian:

1925–30

to•tal`i•tar′i•an•ism(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dictatorship, absolutism, authoritarianism, Caesarism, despotism, monocracy, one-man rule, shogunate, Stalinism, totalitarianism, tyranny(noun)

    a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)

  2. absolutism, totalitarianism, totalism(noun)

    the principle of complete and unrestricted power in government

Wiktionary

  1. totalitarianism(Noun)

    A system of government in which the people have virtually no authority and the state wields absolute control, for example, a dictatorship.

Freebase

  1. Totalitarianism

    Totalitarianism is a political system in which the state holds total authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private life whenever necessary. The concept of totalitarianism was first developed on a positive sense in the 1920s by the Italian fascists. The concept became prominent in Western anti-communist political discourse during the Cold War era, in order to highlight perceived similarities between Nazi Germany and other Fascist regimes on the one hand, and Soviet communism on the other. Aside from Fascist and Stalinist movements, there have been other movements that are totalitarian. The leader of the historic Spanish reactionary conservative movement called the Spanish Confederation of the Autonomous Right declared his intention to "give Spain a true unity, a new spirit, a totalitarian polity..." and went on to say "Democracy is not an end but a means to the conquest of the new state. When the time comes, either parliament submits or we will eliminate it." The political and societal goals and practices of militant Islam have also been labeled as totalitarian.

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