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totalitarian

[ toh-tal-i-tair-ee-uhn ]
/ toʊˌtæl ɪˈtɛər i ən /
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adjective
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.
noun
an adherent of totalitarianism.
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Origin of totalitarian

First recorded in 1925–30; totalit(y) + -arian

OTHER WORDS FROM totalitarian

an·ti·to·tal·i·tar·i·an, adjectivenon·to·tal·i·tar·i·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for totalitarian

totalitarian
/ (təʊˌtælɪˈtɛərɪən) /

adjective
of, denoting, relating to, or characteristic of a dictatorial one-party state that regulates every realm of life
noun
a person who advocates or practises totalitarian policies

Derived forms of totalitarian

totalitarianism, noun

Word Origin for totalitarian

from totality + -arian
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