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Of, relating to, being, or imposing a form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life, the individual is subordinated to the state, and opposing political and cultural expression is suppressed: "A totalitarian regime crushes all autonomous institutions in its drive to seize the human soul" (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.).
A practitioner or supporter of such a government.
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, denoting, relating to, or characteristic of a dictatorial one-party state that regulates every realm of life. Also called: totalistic
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person who advocates or practises totalitarian policies
[from totality + -arian]
to•tal•i•tar•i•an(toʊˌtæl ɪˈtɛər i ən)
1. noting or pertaining to a centralized government that does not tolerate parties of differing opinion and that exercises dictatorial control over many aspects of life.
2. exercising control over the freedom, will, or thought of others; authoritarian; autocratic.n.
3. an adherent of totalitarian principles or government.
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|Noun||1.||totalitarian - an adherent of totalitarian principles or totalitarian government|
|Adj.||1.||totalitarian - characterized by a government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control; "a totalitarian regime crushes all autonomous institutions in its drive to seize the human soul"- Arthur M.Schlesinger, Jr.|
undemocratic - not in agreement with or according to democratic doctrine or practice or ideals; "the union broke with its past undemocratic procedures"
|2.||totalitarian - of or relating to the principles of totalitarianism according to which the state regulates every realm of life; "totalitarian theory and practice"; "operating in a totalistic fashion"|
1. Characterized by or favoring absolute obedience to authority: