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fascism vs. totalitarianism

[ 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.
[ toh-tal-i-tair-ee-uh-niz-uhm ]
  1. the practices and principles of a totalitarian regime.
  2. absolute control by the state or a governing branch of a highly centralized institution.
  3. the character or quality of an autocratic or authoritarian individual, group, or government: the totalitarianism of the father.

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