Definition of Nazi in US English:

Nazi

nounPlural Nazis

historical
  • 1A member of the National Socialist German Workers' Party.

    The Nazi Party was formed in Munich after World War I. It advocated right-wing authoritarian nationalist government and developed a racist ideology based on anti-Semitism and a belief in the superiority of “Aryan” Germans. Its charismatic leader, Adolf Hitler, who was elected Chancellor in 1933, established a totalitarian dictatorship, rearmed Germany in support of expansionist foreign policies in central Europe, and thus precipitated World War II. The Nazi Party collapsed at the end of the war and was outlawed in Germany

    • ‘He documents the slow, deliberate erosion of German democracy during the Nazi's inexorable drive toward tyranny.’
    • ‘These people went on to collaborate with the Nazis during the Second World War.’
    • ‘From there it is no great leap to the slogan of the Nazis, ‘Proud to be German’.’
    • ‘While the Nazis acted as a party and not as a state power, they did not find an approach to the working class.’
    • ‘In the twilight of the Second World War hundreds of Nazis fled to Argentina.’
    • ‘After the first Moscow show trial, the wave of arrests also engulfed the German émigrés who had fled from the Nazis.’
    • ‘When Russia was attacked by the Nazis in the Second World War, the CP switched overnight to supporting the war.’
    • ‘Doriot supported the Nazis and collaborated directly with the German occupying force.’
    • ‘One room at the Tate Modern in central London is temporarily devoted to artists condemned by Adolf Hitler's Nazis as degenerate.’
    • ‘That fire was created by the Nazis for the express purpose of rousing the German population and passage of the Enabling Act.’
    • ‘This was the case under the German monarch, again with the Nazis, and, in a different form, in the East German state.’
    • ‘In Germany, he proposed a United Front of communists and social democrats to oppose the Nazis.’
    • ‘To end the chaos, the electorate chose the centralized, nationalistic rule of the Nazis.’
    • ‘But few would guess her harrowing ordeal at the Nazi's Dachau death camp.’
    • ‘Yes, the Germans had the Nazis and the French the Reign of Terror and Vichy.’
    • ‘No doubt it was the most interesting period in German film history since the time before the Nazis came.’
    • ‘At one time, it was a pilgrimage centre for top Nazis such as Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Goering and Rudolf Hess.’
    • ‘The term is a reference to the fascist counterrevolution, that which the Nazis called the National Revolution.’
    • ‘Edelweiss Pirates is a fascinating work dealing with the proletarian opposition to the Nazis in the city of Cologne.’
    • ‘Thus the Nazis justified the policy of total extermination or Holocaust of an entire people.’
    • ‘The Nazis were a fringe party until Germany was struck by vast unemployment.’
    • ‘The Nazis defined the nation biologically, others understood it culturally or historically.’
    1. 1.1derogatory A person with extreme racist or authoritarian views.
      • ‘Every major party claims to be strongly against the Nazis and against racism.’
      • ‘We have to remember that most BNP voters are not hardened Nazis, and angry workers who listen to the BNP will also listen to us.’
      • ‘It's like condemning the Labour Party for not throwing any Nazis off their membership lists.’
      • ‘In my opinion, US leaders are simply Nazis in beliefs and Nazis in their actions.’
      • ‘Ten years ago the BNP Nazis thought they were on the brink of such a breakthrough in Britain.’
      • ‘The encounter prompted many people to call Rocket a Nazi for his patriotic beliefs.’
      • ‘In Blackburn the National Front and another Nazi group got a combined vote of 38 percent.’
      • ‘Can we roll back the tide of racism against refugees, and beat back the Nazis of the British National Party?’
      • ‘During the election campaign the BNP bussed Nazis in from across London.’
      • ‘The BNP Nazis are standing a candidate in a council by-election on Thursday.’
      • ‘Which is why most people try to avoid labelling their political enemies Nazis: its a bit ridiculous really.’
      • ‘I guess what I'm wondering is at what point do we become a nation of Nazis.’
      • ‘They are not the same as the Nazis of the BNP, but they are a reflection of the fragmentation of the mainstream right.’
      • ‘We have seen in this area how the government's attacks on asylum seekers have only encouraged the Nazis to scapegoat refugees.’
      • ‘Disparate voices were united in a huge protest against the Nazis of the National Front, who the police waded in to protect.’
      • ‘It takes two minutes searching the Internet to learn the truth about the England First Party that they are a racist, fascist Nazi front.’
      • ‘The BNP Nazis want to uproot people whose families have lived in Britain for generations.’
      • ‘Let me lay it out plainly for all the white nationalist Nazis in hiding.’
      • ‘This is an area where the Nazis have conned voters into electing five BNP councillors.’
      • ‘The same goes for building a unified fight against the BNP Nazis.’
      • ‘Attempts to pander to racism by targeting immigrants had only helped the Nazis gain support and given confidence to every right winger in the land.’
      • ‘These marches are a vital focus for local opposition to the Nazis of the BNP.’
      authoritarian, totalitarian, autocrat, nazi, extreme right-winger, far right-winger, rightist, blackshirt, militarist
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    2. 1.2 A person who seeks to impose their views on others in a very autocratic or inflexible way.
      ‘I learned to be more open and not such a Nazi in the studio’
      • ‘People are being manipulated and mislead - by safety Nazis like you, Mister.’
      • ‘This weekend was particularly interesting because of the Falun Gong demonstration amid all the chaos of white-faced ghouls, bondage Nazis and bemused tourists.’
      • ‘Yes, and I'm sure the Few fought the Battle of Britain so that chinless little Nazis could fight elections in this country.’
      • ‘We have made appeals using common sense to show how nonsensical are the health reasons advanced by the health zealots, the health Nazis of Labour.’
      • ‘But I also think in the media we have people who are sort of like tolerance Nazis.’
      • ‘I have no doubt that the health and safety Nazis will add this to their crusade against fun.’
      • ‘These are the real Nazis.’
      • ‘I'm a bit of a nazi about some grammar/spelling related issues.’
      • ‘This is the epic story of why Wade is such a nazi.’
      • ‘Victims of the appeasement trap often manifest their desperation by becoming company-culture Nazis.’
      • ‘Let me admit up front that I am a travel nazi.’
      • ‘Finally, if releasing a book at a precise date and time is so financially important to the embargo Nazis, let them shoulder the security costs.’

adjective

  • Of or concerning the Nazis or Nazism.

    • ‘Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime persecuted and massacred millions of Jews.’
    • ‘Next month marks the 60th anniversary of the defeat of Hitler's Nazi regime.’
    • ‘The most fanatical Nazi leaders - Hitler, Goebbels and Bormann - stayed in Berlin, while others fled.’
    • ‘Shops and businesses were destroyed and their owners murdered by Nazi party members.’
    • ‘He did not, for instance, nominate Born, who had become a refugee from Nazi anti-Semitism.’
    • ‘He spent the war in Berlin, an honored guest of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.’
    • ‘One of the T-shirts for sale had a portrait of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler standing on a laurel.’
    • ‘The city of Sunderland is free from Nazi councillors despite a concerted effort by the BNP.’
    • ‘One of her admirers was Adolf Hitler, who asked her to film the Nazi party rally of 1933.’
    • ‘Indeed, Nazi ideology and methods were totally incompatible with the Catholic position.’
    • ‘Both objections were made to the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders after World War II.’
    • ‘German films explore Nazi terror and the resistance to it’
    • ‘She says she was never a Nazi party member, and never anti-Semitic.’
    • ‘Indeed, until mid-1941, there were more communists and socialists in Nazi concentration camps than Jews.’
    • ‘A search of the corporal's quarters following the attack is reported to have found Nazi BNP propaganda.’
    • ‘From 1938 he closely collaborated with Nazi architect Albert Speer.’
    • ‘In 1920, Hitler announced to the very small Nazi Party the Five Points of national Socialism.’
    • ‘It hid its real Nazi ideology in the elections and sought to pick up votes by tapping into the huge bitterness with mainstream politicians.’
    • ‘High- and middle-ranking Nazi party members returned to public office and leading positions in the economy.’
    • ‘He said it was too biased to be called a documentary and was similar to work by Nazi propaganda director Leni Riefenstahl.’
    authoritarian, totalitarian, dictatorial, despotic, draconian, autocratic, nazi, undemocratic, anti-democratic, illiberal, extreme right-wing, far right-wing, rightist, militarist
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Origin

German, abbreviation representing the pronunciation of Nati- in Nationalsozialist ‘national socialist’, probably by analogy with Sozi, from Sozialist ‘socialist’.

Pronunciation

Nazi

/ˈnätsē//ˈnɑtsi/