Definition of totalize in US English:


(British totalise)


[with object]usually as adjective totalizing
  • Comprehend in an all-encompassing way.

    ‘grand ideas and totalizing worldviews’
    • ‘It was the first time I was exposed to a totalizing institution that was far worse than the violence and boredom of school that I experienced in the States.’
    • ‘All this notwithstanding, his text is rather prone to making finalizing, totalizing claims in order to be able to say what steps must be taken ‘to fully understand’ the rules of such and such a game.’
    • ‘The critique offered is that although postmodernism seeks to relieve the world of totalizing views, it claims in itself a specialness and rightness, therefore leaving little room for other perceptions and worldviews.’
    • ‘In this way, a comic ensemble by Mozart is not so unutterably different from what we can find in Kagel, who ‘well knows that a totalizing worldview and aesthetics contradict the idea of an aesthetic modernism’.’
    • ‘Running multiple cameras provides a series of parallel glances, which may, when placed together, say more about the city than an explicitly ‘framed’ or more totalizing approach.’
    • ‘Are they bent on mass murder and in the name of a totalizing ideology?’
    • ‘Contrary to his writings on the totalizing impact of ideological reproduction under advanced capitalist societies, Althusser allows for times and spaces of resistance in his essay on the theatre of Carlo Bertolazzi and Bertolt Brecht.’
    • ‘The inadequacy of this totalizing image of the future as something already decided is slowly evident as the supine linearity of his trip on 47th Street unravels, fraying into encounters.’
    • ‘Yet, to what extent does a totalizing view of the sexualized female body as regressive deny, or at least overlook, the potential for alternative, forward-looking female subjectivities?’
    • ‘His method is worked out within a totalizing discourse in which he speaks from the position of the child, trapped within linguistic double-binds and subject to linguistic imperatives that cast his whole identity into doubt.’
    • ‘That last, I think, is crucial if one hopes to drain powerful cultural forms of their totalizing political punch.’
    • ‘Accounting drafts the entire world according to the general instrument of exchange value, a totalizing index of human activity in the image of monetary incomes and outcomes.’
    • ‘The novel's generic traits, polyphony, and dialogism are also metaphoric of one of its central themes: resistance to a totalizing, or as Bakhtin calls it, ‘centripetal’ force.’
    • ‘For one thing, the category ‘popular music’ has expand to include such a wide variety of styles that such totalizing conclusions are loaded with far too many exceptions to be of much help.’
    • ‘While socialism as a comprehensive, totalizing vision melts away among both workers and intellectuals, it is the core democratic values European socialists supported that he sees as the essential distillation of that movement.’
    • ‘Diabetes is not simulated or encountered as a totalizing concept; instead it is veiled through personal, often idiosyncratic vision, sound and fantasy.’
    • ‘Though for the sake of simplicity I have spoken of ‘the problem of biotechnology,’ it would be a mistake, I would argue, to view biotechnology as somehow a totalizing worldview.’
    • ‘One of the most productive means of reading this form of French feminist theory (and psychoanalytic theory in general) is to regard it as a descriptive rather than prescriptive and totalizing narrative.’
    • ‘In the exercise of totalizing power, capital punishment constitutes a limiting case - yet for this very reason, it may be a good place to plumb the ultimate capacities of the oppressed to respond, resist, and create.’
    • ‘No matter the philosophical and political objections to the totalizing and even brutalizing potential of narratives, many early American historians insist there must be a way to have their social history and their stories too.’