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See also: proto-fascist


Alternative forms[edit]


proto- +‎ fascist


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.


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.


Alternative forms[edit]


From proto- +‎ fascist.


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


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

  1. protofascist