Definition of totalize in English:


(also totalise)


[with object]usually as adjective totalizing
  • Combine into a total.

    ‘totalizing theories of history’
    • ‘She has borrowed not his mode of interpretation but, rather, his tendency to treat culture and society as totalizing phenomena, which at best severely constrict independent self-determination.’
    • ‘In that simple, totalizing assumption we find the kernel of almost every problem the administration has faced over recent months - and a foretaste of the troubles the nation may confront in coming years.’
    • ‘Jacqueline Rose asks an extremely pertinent question of Jameson's totalizing account of postmodern schizophrenic subjectivity.’
    • ‘By excavating these ruins of information's past, the author hopes to gesture beyond totalizing visions of information society as knowledge-based utopia or Orwellian dystopia.’
    • ‘The Seduction of Place provides a history of the ever more totalizing solutions which have been proposed to ameliorate the problems of the modern city.’
    • ‘Le Sueur's historiography is a return to such totalizing historical narratives, and as such, situates even this late work much more within the framework of modernism than postmodernism.’
    • ‘What is unacceptable is thus that which undermines the totalizing vision; and totalizing visions are inevitably comprised from a facile distinction between truth/falsity, good/evil.’
    • ‘In assuming such a possibility, Shaw's study is very much akin to the uncritical and totalizing movement of Lukacs's thought in The Historical Novel.’
    • ‘It is in the experience of this plastic journey's ‘ideated and controlled movements’ that the artist's totalizing idea of reality, the subject of the painting, is achieved.’
    • ‘But it also participates in that taxonomic and totalizing impulse by disallowing for the possibility of alternative histories of sexualities that may or may not have fit under the fin de siècle homosexual rubric.’
    • ‘Much of the political art of the modernist period, and certainly that produced by totalitarian regimes, had been boringly realist and only too obviously subordinated to totalizing ideologies.’
    • ‘However, these utopian dreams were soon subsumed by the demands of the Party, which held a more totalizing conception of art.’
    • ‘It shared the distaste of postmodernism for totalizing theory and it embraced the counterculture of the late 1960s and early 1970s.’
    • ‘Although caste, class, gender, and ethnic configurations interrupt totalizing narratives of nation, these very same considerations offer us a way to rearticulate the significance of national spaces.’
    • ‘As Sartre and other commentators noted, a disbelief in a unifying or totalizing system, means that the absurd hero cannot purport to be explaining the world, himself, or events and people surrounding him.’
    • ‘The New Urbanism, by contrast, often aims at a more totalizing transformation of space, ambitiously imposing its principles and physical picture by erasing that which preceded it.’
    • ‘The metonymic process depends on the substitution, in a sequence, of a series of metonymies for the novel's totalizing metaphor, with each metonymy representing a repetition of the novel's metaphor.’
    • ‘Their variety of environmentalism is merely the latest totalizing ideology to arise in the West over the past two centuries.’
    • ‘Contrary to all comprehensive and totalizing theological traditions, we expect that we will have to discern God's will for us in our own age, occasion by occasion, without the benefit of an infallible this-worldly authority.’
    • ‘The spiritual poverty of the colonized man, that stance, gave Aquin the freedom he needed to attack all totalizing systems - political, philosophical and aesthetic.’