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Definitions for totalitarian
toʊˌtæl ɪˈtɛər i ənto·tal·i·tar·i·an

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. totalitarian(adj)

    an adherent of totalitarian principles or totalitarian government

  2. totalitarian(adj)

    characterized by a government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control

    "a totalitarian regime crushes all autonomous institutions in its drive to seize the human soul"- Arthur M.Schlesinger, Jr.

  3. totalitarian, totalistic(adj)

    of or relating to the principles of totalitarianism according to which the state regulates every realm of life

    "totalitarian theory and practice"; "operating in a totalistic fashion"


  1. totalitarian(Noun)

    An advocate of totalitarianism.

  2. totalitarian(Adjective)

    A system of government where the people have virtually no authority and the state wields absolute control of every aspect of the country, socially, financially and politically.

  3. Origin: From totalitario

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of totalitarian in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of totalitarian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of totalitarian in a Sentence

  1. George Orwell, Essay: "The Prevention of Literature" (1946):

    From the totalitarian point of view, history is something to be created rather than learned.

  2. Gustavo Diaz:

    Totalitarian governments close every form of information from their people, they control the media, they say only what they want the people to know.

  3. Hannah Arendt:

    Totalitarianism begins in contempt for what you have. The second step is the notion: “Things must change—no matter how, Anything is better than what we have.” Totalitarian rulers organize this kind of mass sentiment, and by organizing it articulate it, and by articulating it make the people somehow love it. They were told before, thou shalt not kill; and they didn’t kill. Now they are told, thou shalt kill; and although they think it’s very difficult to kill, they do it because it's now part of the code of behavior. They learn whom to kill and how to kill and how to do it together. This is the much talked about Gleichschaltung—the coordination process. You are coordinated not with the powers that be, but with your neighbor—coordinated with the majority. But instead of communicating with the other you are now glued to him. And you feel of course marvelous. Totalitarianism appeals to the very dangerous emotional needs of people who live in complete isolation and in fear of one another.

  4. Gary Quinlan:

    The DPRK (North Korea) is in effect a totalitarian state which uses violence and repression against its own citizens to maintain itself and its threatening military apparatus in power, the regime's atrocities against its own people have created an inherently unstable state.

  5. Lyndon B. Johnson:

    It is the common failing of totalitarian regimes that they cannot really understand the nature of our democracy. They mistake dissent for disloyalty. They mistake restlessness for a rejection of policy. They mistake a few committees for a country. They misjudge individual speeches for public policy. (Answering North Vietnamese charge that US could not endure)

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