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totalitarian

adjective uk   /təʊˌtæl.ɪˈteə.ri.ən/ us    /toʊˌtæl.əˈter.i-/ disapproving
C2 of or being a political system in which those in power have complete control and do not allow people freedom to oppose them: a totalitarian regime/stateSystems of government
totalitarianism
noun [U] uk   /-ə.nɪ.zəm/ us  
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