- 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.
Origin of totalitarian
Examples from the Web for totalitarian
Indeed, history has shown us just how much of a threat schlocky Hollywood entertainment is to totalitarian governments.North Korea’s Secret Movie Bootleggers: How Western Films Make It Into the Hermit Kingdom
December 22, 2014
Kundera was reacting against the efforts of 20th-century totalitarian regimes to refashion novelists as propagandists.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
Biographer Andrew Roberts argues that history has maligned Napoleon by lumping him in with totalitarian thugs.Napoleon Was a Dynamite Dictator
November 7, 2014
One has to admit that a totalitarian empire is impossible without the Iron Curtain or a system of complete information isolation.Putin’s Dream of Empire Doesn’t Stop at Crimea, Or Even Ukraine
March 23, 2014
When he says ‘totalitarian liberalism,’ he means that the right of the nation trumps human rights.Can Ukraine Control Its Far Right Ultranationalists?
March 1, 2014
Convince her its governments were evil, totalitarian, when in reality they were democratic?A World Called Crimson
Darius John Granger
The totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree.
Modern China faces more than political problems; a totalitarian revolution has engulfed it.Government in Republican China
Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
The totalitarian state does not recognize personal liberties for the individual.
The concept of private property in the totalitarian state is also at variance with the democratic concept of private property.
- 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
Word Origin and History for 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.