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.
  1. Also fa·scis·tic [fuh-shis-tik] /fəˈʃɪs tɪk/. of or like fascism or fascists.

Origin of fascist

1915–20; < Italian fascista, equivalent to fasc(io) (see fascism) + -ista -ist
Related formsfa·scis·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·fas·cist, noun, adjectivenon·fas·cist, noun, adjectivepre·fas·cist, adjective, nounpro·fas·cist, adjective, noun
Can be confusedcommunist fascist Marxist socialist
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British Dictionary definitions for antifascist


  1. opposed to fascisman antifascist demonstration


  1. an adherent or practitioner of fascism
  2. any person regarded as having right-wing authoritarian views
adjective Also: fascistic (fəˈʃɪstɪk)
  1. characteristic of or relating to fascism
Derived Formsfascistically, adverb


  1. a supporter or member of the Italian Fascist movement
  1. of or relating to Italian Fascism
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Word Origin and History for antifascist


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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