to·​tal·​ism | \ ˈtō-tᵊl-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce totalism (audio) \

Definition of totalism

Other Words from totalism

totalistic \ ˌtō-​tᵊl-​ˈi-​stik How to pronounce totalism (audio) \ or less commonly totalist \ ˈtō-​tᵊl-​ist How to pronounce totalism (audio) \ adjective

Examples of totalism in a Sentence

warned that forfeiture of civil liberties for the sake of security would only result in the terror of totalism
Recent Examples on the Web Common sense and a mania for systematization, logical thinking and ideological totalism, are constantly at war in the French character, as a belief in instant happiness and a paranoia about imaginary enemies are in the American. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2022

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First Known Use of totalism

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Totalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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