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totalitarian

[toh-tal-i-tair-ee-uh n] /toʊˌtæl ɪˈtɛər i ən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a centralized government that does not tolerate parties of differing opinion and that exercises dictatorial control over many aspects of life.
2.
exercising control over the freedom, will, or thought of others; authoritarian; autocratic.
noun
3.
an adherent of totalitarianism.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; totalit(y) + -arian
Related forms
antitotalitarian, adjective
nontotalitarian, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for totalitarian

totalitarian

/təʊˌtælɪˈtɛərɪən/
adjective
1.
of, denoting, relating to, or characteristic of a dictatorial one-party state that regulates every realm of life
noun
2.
a person who advocates or practises totalitarian policies
Derived Forms
totalitarianism, noun
Word Origin
from totality + -arian
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Word Origin and History for totalitarian
adj.

1926, first in reference to Italian fascism, formed in English on model of Italian totalitario "complete, absolute, totalitarian," from the Italian cognate of English total (adj.). The noun is recorded from 1938.

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