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socialist

[soh-shuh-list] /ˈsoʊ ʃə lɪst/
noun
1.
an advocate or supporter of socialism.
2.
(initial capital letter) a member of the U.S. Socialist party.
adjective
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; social + -ist
Related forms
nonsocialist, noun, adjective
presocialist, noun
semisocialist, noun
Can be confused
communist, fascist, Marxist, socialist.
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British Dictionary definitions for presocialist

socialist

/ˈsəʊʃəlɪst/
noun
1.
a supporter or advocate of socialism or any party promoting socialism (socialist party)
adjective
2.
of, characteristic of, implementing, or relating to socialism
3.
(sometimes capital) of, characteristic of, or relating to socialists or a socialist party
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Word Origin and History for presocialist

socialist

n.

"one who advocates socialism," 1827, from French socialiste, or else a native formation based on it, in reference to the teachings of Comte de Saint-Simon, founder of French socialism. The word begins to be used in French in the modern sense c.1835. Socialista, with a different sense, was applied 18c. to followers and pupils of Dutch jurist Grotius (1583-1645), from his use of socialistus. Socialist realism attested from 1934.

I find that socialism is often misunderstood by its least intelligent supporters and opponents to mean simply unrestrained indulgence of our natural propensity to heave bricks at respectable persons. [George Bernard Shaw, "An Unsocial Socialist," 1900]



Prison is a Socialist's Paradise, where equality prevails, everything is supplied and competition is eliminated. [Elbert Hubbard, "The Note Book," 1927]

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