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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 .
Contemporary Examples

The Likud’s hilltop youth, headed by (MK) Yariv Levin, are leading Israel into the murky waters of a totalitarian state.
Egyptian Physician’s Family Rejects Yad Vashem Honor Orly Halpern October 20, 2013

The totalitarian mind diminishes everything in service of its goal.
Obtuseness Or Malice Gil Troy November 20, 2012

totalitarian regimes cannot maintain stability without an enemy.
The Real Hypocrites Natan Sharansky November 6, 2012

These, as the title proclaims, are love stories, scored to a totalitarian track that makes the mystery of love ever more murky.
This Week’s Hot Reads: Feb. 4, 2013 Jimmy So, G. Clay Whittaker, Tunku Varadarajan February 3, 2013

Our delightfully chaotic modernist freedoms threaten the totalitarian mind.
Understanding Anti-American Totalitarian Terrorism Gil Troy April 22, 2013

Historical Examples

The legal system in these countries is biased against the individual, antiquated and totalitarian.
After the Rain Sam Vaknin

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

Modern China faces more than political problems; a totalitarian revolution has engulfed it.
Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger

The totalitarian era is passing, its old ideas blown away like leaves from an ancient, lifeless tree.
United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches Various

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

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.


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