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fascist

[fash-ist] /ˈfæʃ ɪst/
noun
1.
a person who believes in or sympathizes with fascism.
2.
(often initial capital letter) a member of a fascist movement or party.
3.
a person who is dictatorial or has extreme right-wing views.
adjective
4.
Also, fascistic
[fuh-shis-tik] /fəˈʃɪs tɪk/ (Show IPA)
. of or like fascism or fascists.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; < Italian fascista, equivalent to fasc(io) (see fascism) + -ista -ist
Related forms
fascistically, adverb
antifascist, noun, adjective
nonfascist, noun, adjective
prefascist, adjective, noun
profascist, adjective, noun
Can be confused
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British Dictionary definitions for profascist

profascist

/prəʊˈfæʃɪst/
adjective
1.
in favour of or supporting Fascism

fascist

/ˈfæʃɪst/
noun
1.
an adherent or practitioner of fascism
2.
any person regarded as having right-wing authoritarian views
adjective
3.
characteristic of or relating to fascism
Derived Forms
fascistically, adverb

Fascist

/ˈfæʃɪst/
noun
1.
a supporter or member of the Italian Fascist movement
adjective
2.
of or relating to Italian Fascism
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Word Origin and History for profascist

fascist

1921, from Italian partito nazionale fascista, the anti-communist political movement organized 1919 under Benito Mussolini (1883-1945); from Italian fascio "group, association," literally "bundle" (see fasces).

With fascism, originally used in English in its Italian form, as an Italian word. [Fowler: "Whether this full anglicization of the words is worth while cannot be decided till we know whether the things are to be temporary or permanent in England" -- probably an addition to the 1930 reprint, retained in 1944 U.S. edition.] Fasci "groups of men organized for political purposes" had been a feature of Sicily since c.1895, and the 20c. totalitatrian sense probably came directly from this, but influenced by the Roman fasces, which became the party symbol. Related: Fascistic.

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