Definition of fascism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also Fascism) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈfæʃɪzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfæʃɪzəm//
    [uncountable] Political views and systems
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  1. 1 an extreme right-wing political system or attitude which is in favour of strong central government and which does not allow any opposition See related entries: Political views and systems
  2. 2(in compounds) (disapproving) extreme views or practices that try to make other people think and behave in the same way They claimed the smoking ban amounted to health fascism. The media are rightly criticized for body fascism, insisting that women have almost a moral duty to be thin.
  3. Word Originfrom Italian fascismo, from fascio ‘bundle, political group’, from Latin fascis ‘bundle’. Wordfindercapitalism, communism, democracy, dictatorship, fascism, imperialism, liberal, radical, socialism, system
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fascism