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- (uncountable) Totalitarianism is a word used to describe a society that is being ruled by a dictator. In totalitarianism, citizens have few rights and must obey incredibly strict and unfair laws. Typically, a dictator or ruling class is in charge and creates rules and punishments to establish an "orderly society" that keeps them in power.
- George Orwell's book Nineteen Eighty Four predicted that society could turn to totalitarianism if its citizens were indifferent enough.
- Some say that government's ability to monitor and control its citizens is a sign of totalitarianism on the rise.