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

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

adjective

  • Of or concerning the Nazis or Nazism.

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

/ˈnɑtsi//ˈnätsē/