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[kom-yuh-nist] /ˈkɒm yə nɪst/
(initial capital letter) a member of the Communist Party or movement.
an advocate of communism.
a person who is regarded as supporting politically leftist or subversive causes.
(usually initial capital letter) a Communard.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Communist Party or to Communism.
pertaining to communists or communism.
Origin of communist
1835-45; < French communiste. See common, -ist
Related forms
communistic, communistical, adjective
communistically, adverb
anticommunist, noun, adjective
anticommunistic, adjective
anticommunistical, adjective
anticommunistically, adverb
procommunist, adjective, noun
Can be confused
communist, fascist, Marxist, socialist. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for communist
  • Years later it was revealed that milner had been a secret communist and soviet agent.
  • In essence, the prisoners did not actually adopt communist beliefs.
  • Fidel also remains the first secretary of the communist party.
  • Later he travelled to several communist countries to promote free speech.
  • Russians also dominated the soviet military and the communist party.
  • The communist influence in them was large but they were not exclusively communist bodies.
  • He is one of the leading dissidents against the communist government in vietnam.
  • The communist party applied for affiliation and was rejected.
  • As a vocal communist, he encouraged the formation of a communist student organization.
  • The pope was also disturbed by the communist revolution in russia.
British Dictionary definitions for communist


a supporter of any form of communism
(often capital) a supporter of Communism or a Communist movement or state
(often capital) a member of a Communist party
(often capital) (US) any person holding left-wing views, esp when considered subversive
a person who practises communal living; communalist
another name for Communard
of, characterized by, favouring, or relating to communism; communistic
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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communist in Culture

communist definition

A supporter of communism.

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