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fascist

[fash-ist]
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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.
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adjective
  1. Also fa·scis·tic [fuh-shis-tik] /fəˈʃɪs tɪk/. of or like fascism or fascists.
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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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Examples from the Web for fascist

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  • Iturbe is in constant touch with the fascist groups in Mexico City.

    Secret Armies

    John L. Spivak

  • The fascist version of feudalism is State control of production.

    Proclaim Liberty!

    Gilbert Seldes

  • If this were all, it would still leave us fighting the fascist war.

    Proclaim Liberty!

    Gilbert Seldes

  • The lights of our city are therefore at the service of the fascist enemy.

    The Five Arrows

    Allan Chase

  • I remember reading a fascist paper in jail in San Sebastian.

    The Five Arrows

    Allan Chase


British Dictionary definitions for fascist

fascist

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

Fascist

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