1827, from Fr. socialiste
, in reference to the teachings of Comte de Saint-Simon, founder of French socialism. The word begins to be used in French in the modern sense c.1835. Socialista
, with a different sense, was applied 18c. to followers and pupils of Dutch jurist Grotius (1583-1645).
"Prison is a Socialist's Paradise, where equality prevails, everything is supplied and competition is eliminated." [Elbert Hubbard, "The Note Book," 1927]