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

  • n. A member of the National Socialist German Workers' Party, founded in Germany in 1919 and brought to power in 1933 under Adolf Hitler.
  • n. An adherent or advocate of policies characteristic of Nazism; a fascist.
  • adj. Of, relating to, controlled by, or typical of the National Socialist German Workers' Party.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Nazi Party (NSDAP) specifically, or to Nazism, neo-Nazism, or neo-Nazis more generally.
  • adj. Racist or anti-Semitic.
  • adj. Totalitarian.
  • n. A member of the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, commonly called the NSDAP or Nazi Party).
  • n. One who subscribes to or advocates (neo-)Nazism or a similarly fascist, racist, or anti-Semitic ideology; a neo-Nazi.
  • n. One who imposes one’s views on others; one who is considered unfairly oppressive or needlessly strict. (also frequently uncapitalised: nazi)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to a form of socialism
  • n. a German member of Adolf Hitler's political party
  • adj. relating to or consistent with or typical of the ideology and practice of Nazism or the Nazis
  • n. derogatory term for a person who is fanatically dedicated to, or seeks to control, some activity, practice, etc.


German, short for Nationalsozialistische deutsche Arbeiter-Partei, National Socialist German Workers' Party.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Nazi, a shortening of Nationalsozialist, since in German the Nati- in National is pronounced Nazi. (Wiktionary)


  • The laws call for up to a year in jail and stiff fines for anyone convicted of visually or verbally misusing symbols such as swastikas, the term Nazi or epithets related to the killing of six million Jews before and during World War Two.

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  • Conversely ­, he then tries to whitewash the term Nazi as if it is on par with having overly discrimina ­ting taste on occasion.

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  • "Nazi" comes from the German word for National Socialism.


  • Even the word Nazi is short for National Socialist German Workers Party.

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  • I am loathe to use the term Nazi but it sounds a lot like the stuff they did.

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  • The party’s full name in English is National Socialist German Workers’ party; Nazi is short for its German name.


  • Damn right, Nazi is short for the National Socialist Party I believe.

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  • Imagine if instead of Communist, the term Nazi was applied, or, instead of Mao, the name Adolf Hitler was used.

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  • By being imprecise and swinging that broad brush you make the term Nazi irrelevant and devalue those that were in the resistance:


  • To someone like me, the way of solving this would appear to be for everyone to get together, acknowledge that pretending to be a Nazi is a painful duty, and draw straws every week, or something, passing around the same helmet and boots.

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