fascism
fascism fasc"ism (f[a^]sh"[i^]z'm) n. 1. a political theory advocating an authoritarian hierarchical government; -- opposed to {democracy} and {liberalism}. [WordNet 1.5]

2. an authoritarian system of government under absolute control of a single dictator, allowing no political opposition, forcibly suppressing dissent, and rigidly controlling most industrial and economic activities. Such regimes usually try to achieve popularity by a strongly nationalistic appeal, often mixed with racism. [PJC]

3. Specifically, the Fascist movement led by Benito Mussolini in Italy from 1922 to 1943. [PJC]

4. broadly, a tendency toward or support of a strongly authoritarian or dictatorial control of government or other organizations; -- often used pejoratively in this sense. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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