totalitarian
I. adjective Etymology: Italian totalitario, from totalità totality Date: 1926 1. a. of or relating to centralized control by an autocratic leader or hierarchy ; authoritarian, dictatorial; especially despotic b. of or relating to a political regime based on subordination of the individual to the state and strict control of all aspects of the life and productive capacity of the nation especially by coercive measures (as censorship and terrorism) 2. a. advocating or characteristic of totalitarianism b. completely regulated by the state especially as an aid to national mobilization in an emergency c. exercising autocratic powers ; tending toward monopoly II. noun Date: circa 1934 an advocate or practitioner of totalitarianism

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • totalitarian — adj Totalitarian, authoritarian, as applied to a government or state, require discrimination, for, although applicable to the same states, they actually carry a different emphasis. Totalitarian implies as an objective an undivided state in which… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • totalitarian — totalitarian, totalitarianism The term appears to have originated with the Italian fascists under Mussolini and with the philosopher Giovanni Gentile. Meaning ‘comprehensive, all embracing, pervasive, the total state’, the label was applied to a… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • totalitarian — (adj.) 1926, first in reference to Italian fascism, formed in English on model of It. totalitario complete, absolute, totalitarian, from the Italian cognate of English TOTAL (Cf. total) (adj.). The noun is recorded from 1938 …   Etymology dictionary

  • totalitarian — index dictator, dictatorial Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • totalitarian — [adj] dictatorial absolute, authoritarian, autocratic, communist*, despotic, fascistic, monolithic, Nazi*, one party, oppressive, total, totalistic, tyrannical, undemocratic; concept 536 Ant. democratic …   New thesaurus

  • totalitarian — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of government) centralized, dictatorial, and requiring complete subservience to the state. ► NOUN ▪ a person advocating such a system. DERIVATIVES totalitarianism noun …   English terms dictionary

  • totalitarian — [tō tal΄ə ter′ē ən, tō΄talə ter′ē ən] adj. [ TOTAL + (AUTHOR)ITARIAN] 1. designating, of, or characteristic of a government or state in which one political party or group maintains complete control under a dictatorship and bans all others 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • totalitarian — to|tal|i|tar|i|an1 [ tou,tælə teriən ] adjective controlling a country and its people in a very strict way, without allowing opposition from another political party ╾ to|tal|i|tar|i|an|ism noun uncount totalitarian to|tal|i|tar|i|an 2 [ tou,tælə… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • totalitarian — [[t]to͟ʊtælɪte͟əriən[/t]] totalitarians ADJ (disapproval) A totalitarian political system is one in which there is only one political party which controls everything and does not allow any opposition parties. N COUNT Totalitarians are people who… …   English dictionary

  • totalitarian — adj. Totalitarian is used with these nouns: ↑dictatorship, ↑regime, ↑state …   Collocations dictionary

  • totalitarian — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. autocratic, authoritarian. See authority. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. fascistic, despotic, dictatorial; see absolute 3 , autocratic 1 , tyrannical . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD)… …   English dictionary for students

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”