fascism Definitions

fascism \fasc"ism\ (f[a^]sh"[i^]z'm) n.

1. a political theory advocating an authoritarian hierarchical government; -- opposed to democracy and liberalism.

2. an authoritarian system of government under absolute control of a single dictator, allowing no political opposition, forcibly suppressing dissent, and rigidly controlling most industrial and economic activities. Such regimes usually try to achieve popularity by a strongly nationalistic appeal, often mixed with racism.

3. Specifically, the Fascist movement led by Benito Mussolini in Italy from 1922 to 1943.

4. broadly, a tendency toward or support of a strongly authoritarian or dictatorial control of government or other organizations; -- often used pejoratively in this sense.

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  • A patriot, he stood by Churchill’s side through our darkest hour. A democrat, he hated fascism and communism equally. A practical man, he loathed the treachery of Ramsay MacDonald, the weakness of George Lansbury, and the self-indulgence of Aneurin Bevan. telegraph.co.uk

  • Bonhoeffer's theological brilliance, committed discipleship, ecumenical insight, and courageous participation in the struggle against fascism have profoundly shaped contemporary Christian understanding and action. telegraph.co.uk

  • Bray would find it hard to compute all those conservative anti-fascists, in Britain, France, Poland and Italy, who after 1939 pledged themselves against Hitler. The left has no monopoly on anti-fascism. telegraph.co.uk

  • Christie remained unrepentant about his part in trying to assassinate Franco, though he was glad the attempt failed, feeling that the subsequent publicity had done more good in the war against Spanish fascism. telegraph.co.uk

  • Daughter: It’s body fascism, pure and simple. And you can’t call their clothes strumpety; it’s antifeminist. I think there should be far greater diversity among women in the villa - although not as many people will watch. Tragic but true. telegraph.co.uk

  • From a devastating critique of the ancestry of fascism to a vehement defence of 'useless' knowledge, with consideration given to everything from insect pests to the human soul, this is a tour de force that only Bertrand Russell could perform. telegraph.co.uk

  • I hold no brief for the American police officer who shamelessly killed another American,  but that wrong cannot be righted here on our streets by mobs attacking memorials to those who saved us from fascism. telegraph.co.uk

  • In this country at least, fascism may leave a stain on future generations that communism does not. And yet, as our conversation drew to a close, he began expounding theories about banking and Israeli expansionism that have uncomfortable echoes. telegraph.co.uk

  • It was a quiet kind of fascism that would mean I would always see Turkey as beneath the country I came from, and also that would mean I believed my uniquely benevolent country to have uniquely benevolent intentions towards the peoples of the world. theguardian.com

  • I’ve spent my life arguing with people who say fascism couldn’t happen here. It can. It starts with defining people according to a warped perception of so-called usefulness and productivity. We know how it ends.Karen BarrattWinchester theguardian.com

  • Matteo was born in Eritrea. His parents, Attilio Adinolfi and his wife, Maria (nee Sellitti) had moved there from Italy, to escape fascism. In 1943, on a visit back to Naples, the family was trapped by the advancing war and unable to return to Africa. theguardian.com

  • Mills, his writing partner John Wagner and the Spanish artist Carlos Ezquerra had created the character in 1976. Dredd was intended partly as a satire of police fascism, with which Ezquerra was only too familiar having grown up in Franco’s Spain.  telegraph.co.uk

  • Perhaps only a writer as gifted and confident as David Simon could take on Philip Roth’s chillingly plausible counter-factual history imagining the US in the grip of fascism. Winona Ryder, Zoe Kazan and John Turturro star. Sky Atlantic telegraph.co.uk

  • So the threat of the rise of a new fascism is constantly promoted and debated and the call to arms goes out. “This is how the Nazis came to power in the 1930s!” cry those who failed their O-level history exams. telegraph.co.uk

  • Stallone, however, wasn’t particularly interested in a wry commentary on crypto-fascism in post-war Europe. Having secured the Dredd role ahead of Arnold Schwarzenegger, he was appalled to discover the script entirely lacking in humour.  telegraph.co.uk

  • “Give me six months and I will clean house in Italy,” he adds, flirting with the imagery of fascism. “When the Lega runs Italy, then Italians will come first - jobs will go first to Italians, houses will go first to Italians.” telegraph.co.uk