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

n 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

adj relating to or characteristic of fascism

fascist propaganda”

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