Dictionaries can be dumb
If you do a search of fascist on Google the result shows that “fascist is an advocate or follower of fascism”.
I was even more confused. Though I was aware that fascism meant having an ideology in politics that is irrational, illogical and ruling people under repression. This meaning had me completely stumped!
Similar instances in the past have made me believe that some of the authors (or what so even they are called) of dictionaries are illogical people whose sole motive is to coin new words and devise meanings for them that cannot be understood.
For example if you do a search of fascism the Wikipedia page on fascism shows up and here is some content from the first paragraph
Fascism (/fæʃɪzəm/) is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe. Influenced by national syndicalism, fascism originated in Italy in the immediate aftermath of World War I, combining more typically right-wing positions with elements of left-wing politics, in opposition to liberalism, Marxism, and traditional conservatism.
I do not know about you but this explanation had me further confused. What is the author of this page trying to do? Clearly he could have explained things in a simpler language because the same page has the following content and I quote
Fascists sought to unify their nation through an authoritarian state that promoted the mass mobilization of the national community and were characterized by having leadership that initiated a revolutionary political movement aiming to reorganize the nation along principles according to fascist ideology.
But why does the reader need to go to the second paragraph.
Confusion all around
Maybe I might be over-reacting, what blew me away was the fact that the Wikipedia page implies that the definition of fascism is vague
Historians, political scientists and other scholars have long debated the exact nature of fascism. Each form of fascism is distinct, leaving many definitions too wide or narrow.
Logically, may I dare say, that the word should not exist as it is meant to do nothing but confuse the reader.