protofascist

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

proto- +‎ fascist

Adjective[edit]

protofascist (not comparable)

  1. (politics) Showing the beginnings of fascism.
    Hypernym: prefascist
    • 1991 August 9, Jack Helbig, “Marie and Bruce”, in Chicago Reader[1]:
      Even Lemon, for all her protofascist beliefs, wins our sympathy.
    • 2008 April 7, Adolph Reed Jr., The Nation[2], archived from the original on 18 March 2009:
      When Newt Gingrich and his protofascist comrades took over Congress in 1994, they sneeringly boasted that they intended to take the federal government back to the 1920s.

Noun[edit]

protofascist (plural protofascists)

  1. (historical) One whose beliefs resembled fascism before the founding of fascism in 1919.
    Synonym: prefascist
    The Social Darwinists are sometimes considered protofascists.
  2. (derogatory) One whose opinions or policies show the beginnings of fascism.
    That congressman is a protofascist.
    • 1989 April 30, Martha Bayles, “Taking Sitcoms Seriously”, in The New York Times[3], →ISSN:
      Along with stereotype-mongering phrases like “redneck America's life in the electronic theme park,” he occasionally reduces his countrymen to mindless proto-fascists.

Dutch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From proto- +‎ fascist.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈproː.toːˌfɑ.sɪst/, /ˈproː.toːˌfɑ.ʃɪst/
  • Hyphenation: pro‧to‧fas‧cist

Noun[edit]

protofascist m (plural protofascisten, diminutive protofascistje n, feminine protofasciste)

  1. protofascist