Definition of fascist in US English:

fascist

noun

  • 1An advocate or follower of the political philosophy or system of fascism.

    ‘he went to Spain to fight against the fascists’
    ‘Eastern European fascists could win power only with support from the Nazis’
    • ‘British trade unions have a proud history of opposing British Nazis, fascists and racists.’
    • ‘At the same time I was doing a lot of casework around racist and fascist attacks.’
    • ‘The people who put forward that argument were fascists and neo-Nazis.’
    • ‘The establishment of fascist dictatorships is not a historical inevitability.’
    • ‘I assumed it was to stop a fascist, racist dictator from forcing his views on the people of Britain.’
    authoritarian, totalitarian, autocrat, nazi, extreme right-winger, far right-winger, rightist, blackshirt, militarist
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    1. 1.1 A person who is extremely right-wing or authoritarian.
      ‘thousands of fascists and nationalists marched in the capital’
    2. 1.2 A person who is very intolerant or domineering in a particular area.
      ‘I'm a bit of a spelling fascist, but still have blind spots over words like “privilege” or “separate”’
      ‘if I were being a culinary fascist, I would possibly moan about the overdone cooked tomatoes’

adjective

  • Relating to fascism.

    ‘a military coup threw out the old fascist regime’
    • ‘With the development of mass media and computers such future fascist regimes would have new totalitarian capacities.’
    • ‘They appeared to do fascist salutes during their national anthem.’
    • ‘The fascist states left the League of Nations to get a free hand for their aggression.’
    • ‘Dora is engaged to a pompous young bigwig of local fascist society, to the evident delight of her ambitious mother.’
    • ‘How does the rise of the fascist right in Europe affect revolutionary perspectives?’
    • ‘The truth is that our fascist enemy is too predictable; let's not fall into the same trap.’
    • ‘In Italy, the fascist party is not content with having the official police at its disposal.’
    • ‘The Church was in a fierce struggle against fascist interference in the sphere of free religious activity.’
    • ‘We do not call on the state to ban fascist organisations.’
    • ‘Following a world war and fascist dictatorship, the overcoming of social divisions was even written into the constitution.’
    • ‘Tens of thousands of Chileans fled the brutal repression 60,000 in just the first three years of the fascist regime.’
    • ‘Do we face the danger of a fascist resurgence?’
    • ‘Fascist regimes invariably implemented repressive measures against women.’
    • ‘The training of criminologists was reorganised in accordance with fascist leadership structures.’
    • ‘At the same time I was doing a lot of casework around racist and fascist attacks.’
    • ‘These events have led to allegations of fascist infiltration of the Italian police.’
    • ‘The army demanded that Spanish fascist troops who fought alongside Nazi troops in Russia be honored, too.’
    • ‘Visibility is good, so the fascist bombers are out in force.’
    • ‘In fact, the Foreign Ministry has been a stronghold of fascist continuity.’
    • ‘Their main objective was to remain independent of the fascist parties.’
    authoritarian, totalitarian, dictatorial, despotic, draconian, autocratic, nazi, undemocratic, anti-democratic, illiberal, extreme right-wing, far right-wing, rightist, militarist
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Origin

Early 20th century: Italian fascista, from fascio (see fascism).

Pronunciation

fascist

/ˈfaSHəst//ˈfæʃəst/