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communist

[kom-yuh-nist] /ˈkɒm yə nɪst/
noun
1.
(initial capital letter) a member of the Communist Party or movement.
2.
an advocate of communism.
3.
a person who is regarded as supporting politically leftist or subversive causes.
4.
(usually initial capital letter) a Communard.
adjective
5.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Communist Party or to Communism.
6.
pertaining to communists or communism.
Origin of communist
1835-1845
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.
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Examples from the Web for communist
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  • Listen; you may go to Batignolles and write a column around a communist meeting for me.

    To Tell You the Truth Leonard Merrick
  • Godwin was a communist, and so, in some degree, were most of his friends.

  • But what does such a defence amount to, but an error of reasoning which the communist logicians have lost no time in rectifying?

  • It is inaccurate to refer to the eastern part of Germany as "communist Germany."

  • It is here that the communist regime in Russia has encountered its most fatal difficulty.

    The Salvaging Of Civilisation H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
British Dictionary definitions for communist

communist

/ˈkɒmjʊnɪst/
noun
1.
a supporter of any form of communism
2.
(often capital) a supporter of Communism or a Communist movement or state
3.
(often capital) a member of a Communist party
4.
(often capital) (US) any person holding left-wing views, esp when considered subversive
5.
a person who practises communal living; communalist
6.
another name for Communard
adjective
7.
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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