Totalitarian meaning

tō-tălĭ-târē-ən
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Totalitarian means relating to a government where the ruler or ruling group has complete control.

An example of totalitarian used as an adjective is in the phrase "totalitarian regime" which means a rule where the ruler has total authority over everyone.

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The definition of a totalitarian is a person who practices or supports a government where the ruler has complete control.

An example of a totalitarian is a king who does not give anyone any say in the government.

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Of, relating to, being, or imposing a form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life, the individual is subordinated to the state, and opposing political and cultural expression is suppressed.
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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.
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A practitioner or supporter of such a government.
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A person who favors such a government or state.
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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.
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Completely authoritarian, autocratic, dictatorial, etc.
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An advocate of totalitarianism.
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Origin of totalitarian

  • total (author)itarian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian totalitario (“complete, absolute, totalitarian") +"Ž -an

    From Wiktionary