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