Stalinism

Stalinism

[stah-luh-niz-uhm]
noun
the principles of communism associated with Joseph Stalin, characterized especially by the extreme suppression of dissident political or ideological views, the concentration of power in one person, and an aggressive international policy.

Origin:
1925–30; Stalin + -ism

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Stalinism (ˈstɑːlɪˌnɪzəm)
 
n
the theory and form of government associated with Stalin: a variant of Marxism-Leninism characterized by totalitarianism, rigid bureaucracy, and loyalty to the state
 
'Stalinist
 
n, —adj

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Stalinism
1927, from assumed name (lit. "Steel") of Soviet Communist Party and Soviet Union leader Joseph Stalin (Iosif Vissaronovich Dzhugashvili, 1879-1953).
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Stalinism [(stah-luh-niz-uhm)]

The form of Marxism associated with Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Stalinism emphasizes the repression of all dissent, often by brutal means; a rigid adherence to government management of economic life; and the domination of all communist movements worldwide by the Soviet Union. In holding to these beliefs, Stalin opposed Leon Trotsky. (See Trotskyism.)

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