noun (plural Nazis)historical
The Nazi Party was formed in Munich after the First World War. It advocated right-wing authoritarian nationalist government, and developed a racist ideology based on anti-Semitism and a belief in the superiority of ‘Aryan’ Germans. Its leader, Adolf Hitler, who was elected Chancellor in 1933, established a totalitarian dictatorship and precipitated the Second World War. The Nazi Party collapsed at the end of the War and was outlawed
German, abbreviation representing the pronunciation of Nati- in Nationalsozialist 'national socialist', probably by analogy with Sozi, from Sozialist 'socialist'