If you know someone who's a fascist, that person is probably into control. A fascist is a follower of a political philosophy characterized by authoritarian views and a strong central government — and no tolerance for opposing opinions.

Fascist traces to the Italian word fascio, meaning "group, bundle." Under fascist rule, the emphasis is on the group — the nation — with few individual rights. You must support the ruling party's views on society, politics, and culture — or else. The term was used by Italian political leader Benito Mussolini under his totalitarian, anti-communist government. The word can describe someone who supports fascism — or whose behavior is so stern and controlling that it seems like he does.

Definitions of fascist
  1. noun
    an adherent of fascism or other right-wing authoritarian views
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    Karl Adolf Eichmann
    Austrian who became the Nazi official who administered the concentration camps where millions of Jews were murdered during World War II (1906-1962)
    Paul Joseph Goebbels
    German propaganda minister in Nazi Germany who persecuted the Jews (1897-1945)
    Hermann Wilhelm Goring
    German politician in Nazi Germany who founded the Gestapo and mobilized Germany for war (1893-1946)
    Walther Richard Rudolf Hess
    Nazi leader who in 1941 flew a solo flight to Scotland in an apparent attempt to negotiate a peace treaty with Great Britain but was imprisoned for life (1894-1987)
    Heinrich Himmler
    German Nazi who was chief of the SS and the Gestapo and who oversaw the genocide of six million Jews (1900-1945)
    Adolf Hitler
    German Nazi dictator during World War II (1889-1945)
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    a member of the Italian fascist party before World War II
    falangist, phalangist
    a Spanish member of General Franco's political party
    an Italian fascist under Mussolini
    German Nazi, Nazi
    a German member of Adolf Hitler's political party
    a member of the Nazi SA which wore brown uniforms
    storm trooper
    a member of the Nazi SA
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    right-winger, rightist
    a member of a right wing political party
  2. adjective
    relating to or characteristic of fascism
    fascist propaganda”
    synonyms: fascistic
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