I'm looking for a word where people are critical of an opposing idea, usually without examining it, simply because it's different from what people already believe.

I thought that fascist (of or relating to fascism) was the word I was looking for, but Wiktionary defines fascism as:


fascism (usually uncountable, plural fascisms)

  1. Any right-wing, authoritarian, nationalist ideology characterized by centralized, totalitarian governance, strong regimentation of the economy and of society, and repression of criticism or opposition.

The only part of the meaning I want is "repression of criticism or opposition", without the political implications of the remainder of the meaning.

To refuse to admit the possibility that contrary ideas could be valid is ___.

The oppression of people who believe differently is ___.

It doesn't necessarily have to be an adjective; a noun would probably be workable too.

  • It sounds like you're describing "reactionary", though the term has several secondary connotations. – Hot Licks Oct 9 '19 at 2:15
  • Maybe an "ideologue". – Laconic Droid Oct 9 '19 at 2:56
  • I would use fascist, for that. – Jelila Oct 9 '19 at 4:59
  • In some sentences, party line would work, e.g. It's hard to build consensus in the current climate of party line politics, He resigned because he didn't want to be boxed into party line politics, X is a party line politician; also consider dogma, dogmatic, partisan. – aparente001 Oct 9 '19 at 5:27
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    Would people please stop answering in comments? It bypasses the quality control. – CJ Dennis Oct 9 '19 at 12:02

You could use


not willing to consider different ideas or opinions : having or showing a closed mind

  • ... and closed-mindedness for the other example sentence. – aparente001 Oct 9 '19 at 5:23

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