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TOTALITARIANISM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does totalitarianism mean? 

TOTALITARIANISM (noun)
  The noun TOTALITARIANISM has 2 senses:

1. a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)
2. the principle of complete and unrestricted power in government

  Familiarity information: TOTALITARIANISM used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


TOTALITARIANISM (noun)


Sense 1totalitarianism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

totalitarianism; Stalinism; shogunate; one-man rule; monocracy; dictatorship; Caesarism; authoritarianism; tyranny; despotism; absolutism

Hypernyms ("totalitarianism" is a kind of...):

autarchy; autocracy (a political system governed by a single individual)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "totalitarianism"):

police state (a country that maintains repressive control over the people by means of police (especially secret police))


Sense 2totalitarianism [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The principle of complete and unrestricted power in government

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

totalism; totalitarianism; absolutism

Hypernyms ("totalitarianism" is a kind of...):

ideology; political orientation; political theory (an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group or nation)


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