a socialist party of some Arab countries, especially Iraq and Syria.
Also, Baʿath, Baʿth.

< Arabic baʿath literally, renaissance

Baathism, noun
Baathist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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Word Origin & History

pan-Arab socialist party, founded by intellectuals in Syria in 1943, from Arabic ba't "resurrection, renaissance."
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Example sentences for baathist
A truce was negotiated that put a former baathist general in complete charge of the town.
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