Na·​zism ˈnät-sē-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce Nazism (audio)
ˈnät-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce Nazism (audio)
variants or less commonly Naziism
: the body of political and economic doctrines held and put into effect by the Nazis in Germany from 1933 to 1945 including the totalitarian principle of government, predominance of especially Germanic groups assumed to be racially superior, and supremacy of the führer

Examples of Nazism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His parents, who were Jewish, escaped the threat of Nazism by moving before World War II to Mandatory Palestine (now Israel), traveling on a boat filled with Jewish physicians and their families. Trip Gabriel, Baltimore Sun, 7 May 2024 His comments closely reflected those of Hitler as the German leader argued his case for Nazism. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 21 May 2024 It Was Built by the New World Order Many Denver Airport conspiracy theories revolve around who was originally behind its construction, with one of the most persistent rumors being that it was built by the New World Order, with ties to Nazism. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 18 May 2024 Last year, two TV series, Netflix’s Transatlantic and Nat Geo’s A Small Light, illuminated the other side of the epochal struggle between Nazism and humanism, dramatizing the stories of real people who fought to save the lives of Jews and other targets of the Reich. TIME, 8 May 2024 By pure happenstance, Evelyn found a Spanish historian, Josep Calvet, whose research specializes in refugees’ escape from Nazism through Spain and the Pyrenees during the Second World War. Lauren Costantino, Miami Herald, 6 May 2024 Could German idealism be held accountable for Nazism? Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2024 Escaping persecution Lessons about oppression against Jews throughout history — the pharaoh, the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, the Soviet pogroms and Nazism — remain at the forefront of the Seder. The Arizona Republic, 22 Apr. 2024 Today, the idea that Zionism equals Nazism is common in Western academia and culture. Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023

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Word History


Nazi + -ism

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Nazism was in 1930

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“Nazism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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