One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(1889–1945), Austrian-born Nazi leader, Chancellor of Germany 1933–45.
- 1.1as noun a Hitler A person with authoritarian or tyrannical characteristics.‘little Hitlers of the Trade Union movement’
- ‘She equated those in the U.S. who refused to stand up for equality, justice, and human rights in the nation to small Hitlers.’
- ‘What right do these tinpot Hitlers have to tell other people what children they can have?’
- ‘Let's not repeat the mistakes of WWII and try to negotiate with the Hitlers of the world.’
- ‘I left the site on that wind-swept cold afternoon wondering why such reminders of the past like Dachau have failed to deter the latter-day Hitlers.’
- ‘But they're rude, they're abrupt, and they act like little tin Hitlers, lording it over their domain.’
- ‘What I think is important is that there are other possible Hitlers out there.’
- ‘Max Weber called it charisma, the strange power possessed by prophets and saviors, by heroes and demagogues, by the Gandhis and the Hitlers alike.’
- ‘So how about it: do we have any Hitlers or Stalins here?’
- ‘The people said among themselves, ‘We have produced our own Hitlers.’’
- ‘Faced with a sea of little Hitlers, Schulz mutters almost to himself, ‘One Furhrer is enough!’’
- ‘And now the head of the whole organization stands mum while asking for more money from the alleged Hitlers and Mussolinis.’
- ‘Gen is an almost normal being to the Hitlers of the school.’
- ‘That was an extreme case but don't we all see our very own Hitlers in real life.’
- ‘That's what the new Hitlers tell us - If you wanna live, better listen to us.’
- ‘Munich is the mind-set, but not if it prevents us from confronting still more little Hitlers.’
- ‘Does this sort of rhetoric make us more likely to accurately identify future Hitlers, or less?’
- ‘I'm not going to bother fighting any giant alien dinosaurs or zombie Hitlers so I can topple Mr. X's fascist regime.’
- 1.1as noun a Hitler A person with authoritarian or tyrannical characteristics.
Hitler co-founded the National Socialist German Workers' (Nazi) Party in 1919, and came to prominence through his powers of oratory. While imprisoned for an unsuccessful putsch (coup) in Munich (1923–4) he wrote Mein Kampf (1925), an exposition of his political ideas. Becoming Chancellor in 1933, he established the totalitarian Third Reich. His expansionist foreign policy precipitated the Second World War, while his fanatical anti-Semitism led to the Holocaust
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