[ toh-tal-i-tair-ee-uh n ]
/ toʊˌtæl ɪˈtɛər i ən /


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.
exercising control over the freedom, will, or thought of others; authoritarian; autocratic.


an adherent of totalitarianism.

Nearby words

  1. total reflection,
  2. total serialism,
  3. total transfusion,
  4. totalism,
  5. totalistic,
  6. totalitarianism,
  7. totalitarianize,
  8. totality,
  9. totalizator,
  10. totalize

Origin of totalitarian

First recorded in 1925–30; totalit(y) + -arian

Related formsan·ti·to·tal·i·tar·i·an, adjectivenon·to·tal·i·tar·i·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anti-totalitarian


/ (təʊˌtælɪˈtɛərɪən) /


of, denoting, relating to, or characteristic of a dictatorial one-party state that regulates every realm of life


a person who advocates or practises totalitarian policies
Derived Formstotalitarianism, noun

Word Origin for totalitarian

from totality + -arian

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Word Origin and History for anti-totalitarian



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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