from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, being, or imposing a form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life, the individual is subordinated to the state, and opposing political and cultural expression is suppressed: "A totalitarian regime crushes all autonomous institutions in its drive to seize the human soul” ( Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
- n. A practitioner or supporter of such a government.
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- adj. A system of government where the people have virtually no authority and the state wields absolute control of every aspect of the country, socially, financially and politically.
- n. An advocate of totalitarianism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an adherent of totalitarian principles or totalitarian government
- adj. characterized by a government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control
- adj. of or relating to the principles of totalitarianism according to which the state regulates every realm of life
As a sometime teacher of political science and international law, I do not use the term totalitarian loosely.
As a sometime teacher of law, I do not use the term totalitarian loosely.
The word "totalitarian," on the other hand, describes a kind of finished system, one operating according to fixed rules.
Yet in totalitarian societies even aesthetics are political so whether a person is a dissident is in the eye of the beholder.
Sorry zuch, but they call it totalitarian for a reason.
They are like the rulers in totalitarian states (e.g. North Korea) who need to protect their people from an open flow of information.
One that knows that a bow of respect to an Emperor is not only culturally sensitive and appropriate, but that also one that knows how to provide firm yet diplomatic negotiation of the human right's abuses in totalitarian states.
This is something that is common in totalitarian societies.
Something that supposedly only happens in totalitarian regimes.
In fact, Congress prohibited domestic U.S. broadcasts by the VOA to make sure that it is not abused politically by any individual or groups, and to make sure that the kind of state media abuse seen historically in totalitarian and other communist countries did not happen in the U.S.