Define: Totalitarianism

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Definition: Totalitarianism


Quick Summary of Totalitarianism


A system of government that is centralised and dictatorial and requires complete subservience to the state.



What is the dictionary definition of Totalitarianism?

Dictionary Definition


A system of government in which the people have virtually no authority and the state wields absolute control, for example, a dictatorship.

  • A form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.).
  • A system of government in which the people have virtually no authority and the state wields absolute control, for example, a dictatorship.

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Full Definition of Totalitarianism


Totalitarianism is a political structure that involves the population of a country being entirely subject to the government’s absolute authority in pursuing its goals.

In totalitarian countries, the government does not permit its people to partake in political decision making.

To a larger extent, however, and theoretically, Totalitarianism aims to remove individual freedom and seeks to subordinate all aspects of an individuals life into the authority of the state.

Often, carrying about business and personal activities under a totalitarian regime can be challenging since government agents and the police often act without legal constraint.

Totalitarianism is typically regarded as the most extreme and complete form of authoritarianism.


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Synonyms For Totalitarianism


tyranny, despotism, dictatorship, autocracy, absolutism, authoritarianism, caesarism


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Totalitarianism are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 4th April, 2020