Definition of Hitler, Adolf in US English:

Hitler, Adolf

proper noun

  • 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. 1.1as noun a Hitler A person with authoritarian or tyrannical characteristics.
      ‘little Hitlers in the classroom’
      • ‘That was an extreme case but don't we all see our very own Hitlers in real life.’
      • ‘What right do these tinpot Hitlers have to tell other people what children they can have?’
      • ‘Let's not repeat the mistakes of WWII and try to negotiate with the Hitlers of the world.’
      • ‘I'm not going to bother fighting any giant alien dinosaurs or zombie Hitlers so I can topple Mr. X's fascist regime.’
      • ‘The people said among themselves, ‘We have produced our own Hitlers.’’
      • ‘Max Weber called it charisma, the strange power possessed by prophets and saviors, by heroes and demagogues, by the Gandhis and the Hitlers alike.’
      • ‘Does this sort of rhetoric make us more likely to accurately identify future Hitlers, or less?’
      • ‘Munich is the mind-set, but not if it prevents us from confronting still more little Hitlers.’
      • ‘And now the head of the whole organization stands mum while asking for more money from the alleged Hitlers and Mussolinis.’
      • ‘She equated those in the U.S. who refused to stand up for equality, justice, and human rights in the nation to small Hitlers.’
      • ‘Gen is an almost normal being to the Hitlers of the school.’
      • ‘That's what the new Hitlers tell us - If you wanna live, better listen to us.’
      • ‘Faced with a sea of little Hitlers, Schulz mutters almost to himself, ‘One Furhrer is enough!’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But they're rude, they're abrupt, and they act like little tin Hitlers, lording it over their domain.’
      • ‘What I think is important is that there are other possible Hitlers out there.’
      • ‘So how about it: do we have any Hitlers or Stalins here?’


Hitler, Adolf