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fascism vs. Nazism

fascism vs. Nazism: What's the difference?

Fascism refers to a system of government or a political movement led by a dictator, typically one who forcefully and violently suppresses dissent and promotes nationalism and often racism. Nazism more specifically refers to the principles and methods of the Nazis, characterized by an antisemitic, racist, eugenicist, and fascist ideology.

[ fash-iz-uhm ]
  1. a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.
  2. the philosophy, principles, or methods of fascism.
  3. a political movement that employs the principles and methods of fascism, especially the one established by Mussolini in Italy 1922–43.
[ naht-siz-uhm, nat- ]
  1. the principles or methods of the Nazis.

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