Definition of Gleichschaltung in English:



  • [mass noun] The standardization of political, economic, and social institutions as carried out in authoritarian states.

    • ‘Blomberg consistently promoted what he called this Gleichschaltung with the National Socialist philosophy until his dismissal at the end of January 1938.’
    • ‘The general process of Gleichschaltung concentrated the effective political and military power in the hands of Hitler to a degree unknown in Germany since the days of Frederick the Great.’
    • ‘However, the association succumbed to Gleichschaltung in the hopes of maintaining a voice in educational policy.’
    • ‘For most of the British population today, the notion that people could solve many of the problems of society without governmental Gleichschaltung is completely alien.’


German, from gleich same + schalten force or bring into line.



/German ˈɡlaɪçˌʃaltʊŋ//ˈɡlʌɪxˌʃaltʊŋ/