from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Hitler, Adolf Known as "Der Führer.” 1889-1945. Austrian-born founder of the German Nazi Party and chancellor of the Third Reich (1933-1945). His fascist philosophy, embodied in Mein Kampf (1925-1927), attracted widespread support, and after 1934 he ruled as an absolute dictator. Hitler's pursuit of aggressive nationalist policies resulted in the invasion of Poland (1939) and the subsequent outbreak of World War II. His regime was infamous for the extermination of millions of people, especially European Jews. He committed suicide when the collapse of the Third Reich was imminent (1945).

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  • proper n. A surname of Austrian origin.
  • proper n. Adolf Hitler, dictator of Germany between 1933 and 1945.
  • n. An unnecessarily dictatorial person; a little Hitler.

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  • n. German Nazi dictator during World War II (1889-1945)


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The surname Hitler is a variation of Hiedler, a surname applied to those who resided near a Hiedl ("subterranean river"). Earlier theories derived the surname from Hüttler (also spelled Huettler), either meaning  ("one who lives in a hut"), from Hütte ("hut"), or from hüten ("guard, look after"), as well as theories which related the surname to Slavic names like Hidlar, are now considered less likely.



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