fellow-traveling

fellow traveler

noun
1.
a person who supports or sympathizes with a political party, especially the Communist Party, but is not an enrolled member.
2.
anyone who, although not a member, supports or sympathizes with some organization, movement, or the like.

Origin:
1605–15, for literal sense

fellow-traveling [fel-oh-trav-uh-ling, -trav-ling] , adjective
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fellow traveler definition


One who supports the aims or philosophies of a political group without joining it. A “fellow traveler” is usually one who sympathizes with communist doctrines but is not a member of the Communist party. The term was used disparagingly in the 1950s to describe people accused of being communists.

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