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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a fascist regime
▪ Mussolini 's fascist regime in Italy
a fascist state
▪ Freedom of speech is not tolerated in a fascist state.
▪ My children have occasionally accused me of being a fascist.
▪ And there are skinheads who are fascists.
▪ The police banned Mosley from proceeding with his march and 1,900 fascists marched westwards instead.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

fascist \fascist\ n. an adherent of fascism or similar right-wing authoritarian views.


fascist \fascist\ fascistic \fascistic\adj. 1. of or pertaining to fascism; resembling fascism; as, fascist propaganda.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1921, from Italian partito nazionale fascista, the anti-communist political movement organized 1919 under Benito Mussolini (1883-1945); from Italian fascio "group, association," literally "bundle" (see fasces). Fasci "groups of men organized for political purposes" had been a feature of Sicily since c.1895, and the 20c. totalitarian sense probably came directly from this but was influenced by the historical Roman fasces, which became the party symbol. As a noun from 1922 in English, earlier in Italian plural fascisti (1921), and until 1923 in English it often appeared in its Italian form, as an Italian word.\n

\n[Fowler: "Whether this full anglicization of the words is worth while cannot be decided till we know whether the things are to be temporary or permanent in England" -- probably an addition to the 1930 reprint, retained in 1944 U.S. edition.] Related: Fascistic.


a. 1 Of or relating to fascism. 2 Supporting the principles of fascism. 3 (context informal English) Unfairly oppressive or needlessly strict. n. 1 A member of a political party or other organization that advocates fascist principles. 2 A proponent of fascism.


n. an adherent of fascism or other right-wing authoritarian views


adj. relating to or characteristic of fascism; "fascist propaganda" [syn: fascistic]

Fascist (insult)

Since the beginning of fascism, the term fascist is frequently used as a political insult against a wide range of individuals, governments, and public institutions. It usually serves as an emotionally loaded substitute for " authoritarian", but is treated so flexibly that it is often used to describe any movement or position the user strongly disagrees with.

Usage examples of "fascist".

Georg Grosz, Otto Dix and Max Beckmann, the Blaue Reiter group, the Fauves, Alfred Jarry and Brechtian Theatre, in the rich mulch of Anti-Semitism and Fascist insanity.

Some Italian fascists became collabo rators and informers, and some men and women became partisans.

Socialism in one country, the filthiness of the Purges - the point of counterrevolution being reached - and the Fascist invasion saving Stalin from what he deserved at the hands of the people.

Sudeten Germans had fared tolerably well in the Czechoslovak state - certainly better than any other minority in the country and better than the German minorities in Poland or in Fascist Italy.

Lilly started in about the Disneyfication of America and how Walt Disney was actually a fascist, and then everybody started wondering if it was really true about his body being cryogenically frozen under the castle in Anaheim, and then Mr.

He thinks this is a bogus condition designed by fascist headshrinkers who want to destroy any spark of individuality and foster conformity at a young age.

The political hostility of Fascist Italy and the economic advance of Hitlerite Germany into Southeast Europe had speeded this process.

I am the Lubavitcher Rabbi of Bruck Linn and I have been torn from the heart of my congregation in broad daylight by fascists who will tell me this?

The military officer caste, unlike the plebian fascist gangs, have far greater ties and links with the ruling class, and therefore are under much greater control.

There she would be, banging her fist on the pub table, struggling to find words to express her deeply held conviction that Mrs Thatcher was a warmongering fascist and suddenly her eyes would start getting wet.

By bringing in hundreds of thugs, fixers and fascists to run the Government, he was able to crank almost every problem he touched into a mindbending crisis.

The rotten, mean-faced, clipped-haired abortionists, our present-day fascist jackboots, are selling baby parts and making millions of dollars in their factories of death.

The Fascists have, of course, tried to put the blame for both the war and the discomfort caused by the air raids on to the Jews, and during the worst of the East End bombings they did succeed in raising a mutter of antisemitism, though only a faint one.

Hubble had recruited into his Fascist army the Blackshirts had always appeared in small groups before now but had figured their numbers to be maybe a hundred or so, and today they seemed to be out in force.

Lord Haw-Haw, the most effective of the English-language German broadcasters, has been identified with faircertainty as Joyce, a member of the split-off Fascist party and a very bitter personal enemy of Mosley.