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soviet

[soh-vee-et, -it, soh-vee-et] /ˈsoʊ viˌɛt, -ɪt, ˌsoʊ viˈɛt/
noun
1.
  1. (before the revolution) any governmental council.
  2. (after the revolution) a local council, originally elected only by manual workers, with certain powers of local administration.
  3. (after the revolution) a higher council elected by a local council, being part of a hierarchy of soviets culminating in the Supreme Soviet.
2.
any similar council or assembly connected with a socialistic governmental system elsewhere.
3.
(initial capital letter). Often, Soviets. a governing official or person living in the Soviet Union:
The Soviets have denied our charge.
adjective
4.
of or pertaining to a soviet.
5.
(initial capital letter) of the Soviet Union:
a Soviet statesman.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; < Russian sovét council, counsel, advice, Old Russian, OCS sŭvětŭ, equivalent to sŭ- together, with + větŭ counsel; calque of Greek symboúlion
Related forms
sovietdom
[soh-vee-et-duh m, -it-, soh-vee-et-] /ˈsoʊ viˌɛt dəm, -ɪt-, ˌsoʊ viˈɛt-/ (Show IPA),
noun
anti-Soviet, noun, adjective
pro-Soviet, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sovietdom

soviet

/ˈsəʊvɪət; ˈsɒv-/
noun
1.
(in the former Soviet Union) an elected government council at the local, regional, and national levels, which culminated in the Supreme Soviet
2.
(in prerevolutionary Russia) a local revolutionary council
adjective
3.
of or relating to a soviet
Word Origin
C20: from Russian sovyet council, from Old Russian sŭvĕtŭ

Soviet

/ˈsəʊvɪət; ˈsɒv-/
adjective
1.
of, characteristic of, or relating to the former Soviet Union, its people, or its government
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Word Origin and History for sovietdom
soviet
1917, from Rus. sovet "governing council," lit. "council," from O.Rus. suvetu, from su "with" + vetu "counsel;" loan-translation of Gk. symboulion "council of advisors."
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