fascist

[fash-ist]

noun

a person who believes in or sympathizes with fascism.
(often initial capital letter) a member of a fascist movement or party.
a person who is dictatorial or has extreme right-wing views.

adjective

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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Examples from the Web for fascist

Contemporary Examples of fascist

Historical Examples of fascist

  • For the same purpose, the fascist state is organized at peace—to out-produce and under-sell its competitors.

    Proclaim Liberty!

    Gilbert Seldes

  • It had happened in Burgos, in April of 1938, during a review of the 12th Division of the fascist army.

    The Five Arrows

    Allan Chase

  • The Fascist "squads" were really the force of a State not yet born but on the way to being.

  • A man who marched with the men who put that fascist bullet through the throat of Uncle Carlos.

    The Five Arrows

    Allan Chase

  • First of all, he didn't like the fact that there are fascist organizations here.

    Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy



British Dictionary definitions for fascist

fascist

noun

an adherent or practitioner of fascism
any person regarded as having right-wing authoritarian views

adjective Also: fascistic (fəˈʃɪstɪk)

characteristic of or relating to fascism
Derived Formsfascistically, adverb

Fascist

noun

a supporter or member of the Italian Fascist movement

adjective

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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