Of his past we learn only that he is an orphan, and that he studied philosophy and joined the communist Party.
To be falsely branded a communist, leftie, or socialist by right-wing political activists.
King was widely reviled in his lifetime, attacked as a troublemaker, a liar, a con man and a communist.
1841, as both a noun and adjective, from French communiste (see communism). First attested in writing by John Goodwin Barmby (1820-1881), British Owenite and utopian socialist who founded the London Communist Propaganda Society in 1841. Main modern sense emerged after publication of Communist Manifesto ("Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei") in 1848. Shortened form Commie attested from 1940. Related: Communistic.
A supporter of communism.