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Meaning of totalitarianism

to•tal•i•tar•i•an•ism

Pronunciation: (tō-tal"i-târ'ē-u-niz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. the practices and principles of a totalitarian regime.
  2. absolute control by the state or a governing branch of a highly centralized institution.
  3. the character or quality of an autocratic or authoritarian individual, group, or government: the totalitarianism of the father.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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