Definition of fascism in US English:

fascism

(also Fascism)

noun

  • 1An authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.

    The term Fascism was first used of the totalitarian right-wing nationalist regime of Mussolini in Italy (1922–43); the regimes of the Nazis in Germany and Franco in Spain were also Fascist. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one national or ethnic group, a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach

    • ‘Why did the European bourgeoisie resort to fascism in the 1930s?’
    • ‘Third, his treatment of fascism in the late 1930s and early 1940s seems too broad.’
    • ‘His book is an important read for anyone who wants to understand how to oppose fascism.’
    • ‘The party focused on parliament, not mass action, and its leaders had no strategy for resisting fascism.’
    • ‘Many came with the hope of turning Spain into a graveyard of European fascism.’
    • ‘I joined the Communist Party because I saw they really were fighting fascism at home and abroad.’
    • ‘The Italian partisans had risen up against Italian and German fascism only 20 years before.’
    • ‘The connection between Berlusconi and Italian fascism is not difficult to decipher.’
    • ‘Italian fascism was very distinctive from National Socialism, and neither resembled Japanese totalitarianism.’
    • ‘In defining fascism, it is useful to recall the movement's genesis.’
    • ‘His only objection to Italian fascism was that it wasn't fanatical enough.’
    • ‘But others did so from a genuine patriotism or a hatred of German fascism.’
    • ‘I agree with him that Islamic fascism needs to be condemned without reservations, and combated.’
    • ‘Do you oppose fascism while keeping fascists within your circle of friends?’
    • ‘An analogy could be made with how the emergence of European fascism should be taught.’
    • ‘Egyptian mainstream intellectuals roundly condemned fascism in the 1930s.’
    • ‘Organisational independence would be maintained but they would unite to confront and defeat fascism.’
    • ‘Earlier generations of Americans defeated fascism and won the long twilight struggle against communism.’
    • ‘We were able to argue why fascism exists, what it is, and how we fight it.’
    • ‘According to this theory there was no difference between social democracy and fascism.’
    authoritarianism, totalitarianism, dictatorship, despotism, autocracy, absolute rule, nazism, rightism, militarism
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    1. 1.1 (in general use) extreme authoritarian, oppressive, or intolerant views or practices.
      ‘this is yet another example of health fascism in action’
      • ‘He used his celebrity to speak out against fascism and racial prejudice.’
      • ‘So here are my questions of the left: Where are your demonstrations against Islamic fascism?’
      • ‘That, to me, is a recipe for chauvinism and potentially even fascism.’
      • ‘The next thing we have to tackle is the fight against racism and fascism.’
      • ‘Condemnations of colonialism, class and fascism were all themes running through his work.’
      • ‘Getting drunk is mostly an exercise of choice, one of the few available in the current climate of health fascism.’
      • ‘We may be fighting defensive struggles, against the war, racism, fascism and cuts in social services.’
      • ‘To be forced to argue your case is not a symptom of incipient clerical fascism, but of a respect for the views of others.’
      • ‘The media are rightly criticised for 'body fascism', and placing too much attention on size 10 supermodels.’
      • ‘A conference was being held today to explore the rise of fascism and far right movements, and how to combat racism.’
      • ‘Apparently her success was a heart-warming populist victory against the corporate body fascism visible in hip-hop videos.’
      • ‘On top of that, I'm probably indulging fascism, anti-Semitism and snottiness.’
      • ‘I think it's true: it's a strand of theocratic fascism.’
      • ‘On the other, the arid monochrome of dull and vicious theocratic fascism.’
      • ‘The theocratic fascism of the networks must be defeated also.’
      • ‘Welcome to the authoritarian world of health fascism.’
      • ‘I detest the cult of body fascism, the more so since I live in its global capital.’
      • ‘It emerged in a war-ravaged nation as a type of clerical fascism.’
      • ‘Those seeking protection from religious fascism can rely on the judiciary to deliver them up to it on a plate.’
      • ‘Those who say a smoking ban smacks of fascism are closer to the truth than they realise.’

Origin

1920s: from Italian fascismo, from fascio ‘bundle, political group’, from Latin fascis (see fasces).

Pronunciation

fascism

/ˈfæʃˌɪzəm//ˈfaSHˌizəm/