Definition of Gleichschaltung in English:



mass noun
  • The standardization of political, economic, and social institutions as carried out in authoritarian states.

    • ‘For most of the British population today, the notion that people could solve many of the problems of society without governmental Gleichschaltung is completely alien.’
    • ‘Blomberg consistently promoted what he called this Gleichschaltung with the National Socialist philosophy until his dismissal at the end of January 1938.’
    • ‘The general process of Gleichschaltung concentrated the effective political and military power in the hands of Hitler to a degree unknown in Germany since the days of Frederick the Great.’
    • ‘However, the association succumbed to Gleichschaltung in the hopes of maintaining a voice in educational policy.’


German, from gleich ‘same’ + schalten ‘force or bring into line’.



/ˈɡlʌɪxˌʃaltʊŋ/ /ˈɡlaɪçˌʃaltʊŋ/