: a member of a German fascist party controlling Germany from 1933 to 1945 under Adolf Hitler
often not capitalized
: one who espouses the beliefs and policies of the German Nazis : fascist
: one who is likened to a German Nazi : a harshly domineering, dictatorial, or intolerant person
a grammar nazi
nazi adjective often capitalized
nazification noun often capitalized
nazify transitive verb often capitalized

Examples of Nazi in a Sentence

a gang of racist Nazis
Recent Examples on the Web In the same month, people wearing Nazi clothing put over 250 pieces of anti-Semitic material on cars at Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Kamal Morgan, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 The movement bears an unfortunate similarity to the rise of Nazi Germany. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2024 End of carousel Christian Dior, functionally a counterweight to these picaresque Nazi adventures, spends much of the series anxious, conflicted and stuck. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 When the book was published in 2011, the Chanel group — which is still owned by the Wertheimer family — issued a statement downplaying her Nazi connections. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 The Baltic states’ strained relationship with Russia has sparked intense debate around the issue of monuments erected during the Soviet era, many of which commemorate soldiers who fought Nazi Germany during World War II. Zachary Folk, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 The point of Putin’s revisionist history was to rehabilitate the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, which culminated in Stalin’s participation in the partition of Poland and the massacres the Soviet and Nazi invasions precipitated. Noah Rothman, National Review, 12 Feb. 2024 The work, by a Jewish artist, with a Jewish theme, had been previously owned by a gallery run by a Jewish dealer in Germany at the time of the Nazi takeover. Graham Bowley, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2024 She was briefly arrested for being a Nazi collaborator, but promptly released, possibly due to Churchill’s own intervention. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


German, by shortening & alteration from Nationalsozialist, from national national + Sozialist socialist

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Nazi was in 1930

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“Nazi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a member of a German fascist party controlling Germany from 1933 to 1945
Nazi adjective

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