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adjective to·tal·i·tar·i·an \(ˌ)tō-ˌta-lə-ˈter-ē-ən\

Simple Definition of totalitarian

  • : controlling the people of a country in a very strict way with complete power that cannot be opposed

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of totalitarian

  1. 1a :  of or relating to centralized control by an autocratic leader or hierarchy :  authoritarian, dictatorial; especially :  despoticb :  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. 2a :  advocating or characteristic of totalitarianismb :  completely regulated by the state especially as an aid to national mobilization in an emergencyc :  exercising autocratic powers

Origin and Etymology of totalitarian

Italian totalitario, from totalità totality

First Known Use: 1926



noun to·tal·i·tar·i·an

Definition of totalitarian

  1. :  an advocate or practitioner of totalitarianism

Circa 1934

First Known Use of totalitarian

circa 1934

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