soviet

[soh-vee-et, -it, soh-vee-et]
noun
1.
a.
(before the revolution) any governmental council.
b.
(after the revolution) a local council, originally elected only by manual workers, with certain powers of local administration.
c.
(after the revolution) a higher council elected by a local council, being part of a hierarchy of soviets culminating in the Supreme Soviet.
2.
any similar council or assembly connected with a socialistic governmental system elsewhere.
3.
(initial capital letter) . Often, Soviets. a governing official or person living in the Soviet Union: The Soviets have denied our charge.
adjective
4.
of or pertaining to a soviet.
5.
(initial capital letter) of the Soviet Union: a Soviet statesman.

Origin:
1915–20; < Russian sovét council, counsel, advice, Old Russian, OCS sŭvětŭ, equivalent to sŭ- together, with + větŭ counsel; calque of Greek symboúlion

sovietdom [soh-vee-et-duhm, -it-, soh-vee-et-] , noun
anti-Soviet, noun, adjective
pro-Soviet, adjective
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soviet (ˈsəʊvɪət, ˈsɒv-)
 
n
1.  (in the former Soviet Union) an elected government council at the local, regional, and national levels, which culminated in the Supreme Soviet
2.  (in prerevolutionary Russia) a local revolutionary council
 
adj
3.  of or relating to a soviet
 
[C20: from Russian sovyet council, from Old Russian sŭvĕtŭ]

Soviet (ˈsəʊvɪət, ˈsɒv-)
 
adj
of, characteristic of, or relating to the former Soviet Union, its people, or its government

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soviet
1917, from Rus. sovet "governing council," lit. "council," from O.Rus. suvetu, from su "with" + vetu "counsel;" loan-translation of Gk. symboulion "council of advisors."
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Example sentences
Soviet planners relocated entire peoples, to reward or punish.
Soviet central planners mandated quotas for steel production, regardless of demand.
Soviet doctors called it psychiatry, but sometimes it seemed decidedly unscientific.
Soviet strategists reached strikingly similar conclusions.
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