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.
- an·ti·to·tal·i·tar·i·an, adjective
- non·to·tal·i·tar·i·an, adjective
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How to use totalitarian in a sentence
Starting in 2018, the regime transitioned from a relatively free authoritarian system to a closed dictatorship, not quite totalitarian but close.The Miscalculations and Missed Opportunities that Led Putin to War in Ukraine | Philip Short | August 3, 2022 | Time
So in terms of capitalism, if the alternative is communism then yes, I think that there are actually excellent arguments why market society is better than a top-down authoritarian, totalitarian dictatorship.
It’s akin to security agents from a totalitarian regime showing up at the house of an opposition leader looking for evidence of espionage.In one quote, the core of the effort to undermine the 2020 election is revealed | Philip Bump | July 23, 2021 | Washington Post
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 | Lizzie Crocker | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Kundera was reacting against the efforts of 20th-century totalitarian regimes to refashion novelists as propagandists.
So you are saying that Napoleon was not a totalitarian-dictator as many historians are eager to suggest?
Biographer Andrew Roberts argues that history has maligned Napoleon by lumping him in with totalitarian thugs.
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 | Oleg Shynkarenko | March 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Convince her its governments were evil, totalitarian, when in reality they were democratic?A World Called Crimson | Darius John Granger
This totalitarian trading system insures that foreign trade serves the purposes of the state.East-West Trade Trends | Harold E. Stassen
They would then be free to impose their will and spread their totalitarian ideology.State of the Union Addresses of George W. Bush | George W. Bush
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.
British Dictionary definitions for totalitarian
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
- totalitarianism, noun
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