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[soh-vee-i-tiz-uh m] /ˈsoʊ vi ɪˌtɪz əm/
(sometimes lowercase) a soviet system of government.
(often lowercase) the practices and principles of a soviet government, especially as it implies communism.
a characteristic, mannerism, phrase, etc., expressive of or identifiable with the ideology of the Soviet Union.
Origin of Sovietism
1915-20; soviet + -ism
Related forms
Sovietist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Should France overthrow capitalism, for instance, she will at first establish Sovietism, and subsequently combine with us.

    The Red Conspiracy Joseph J. Mereto
  • Sovietism is only a rough Russian realisation of German ideals.

    The New Germany George Young
  • If Bolshevism meant Sovietism and merely is a constitutional conflict between parliamentary and council government, it could.

    The New Germany George Young
British Dictionary definitions for Sovietism


/ˈsəʊvɪɪˌtɪzəm; ˈsɒv-/
noun (sometimes capital)
the principle or practice of government through soviets, esp as practised in the former Soviet Union
any characteristic deemed representative of Soviet ideology
Derived Forms
sovietist, noun, adjective
sovietistic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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