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Cultural Revolution

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noun
  1. a radical sociopolitical movement in China c1966–71, led by Mao Zedong and characterized by military rule, terrorism, purges, restructuring of the educational system, etc.Compare Gang of Four, Red Guard.

Origin of Cultural Revolution

translation of Chinese wénhuà gémìng
Also called Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.
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Cultural Revolution

noun
  1. (in China) a mass movement (1965–68), in which the youthful Red Guard played a prominent part. It was initiated by Mao Tse-tung to destroy the power of the bureaucrats and to revolutionize the attitudes and behaviour of the peopleAlso called: Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution
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Word Origin and History for cultural revolution

Cultural Revolution

1966, from Chinese, translation of Wuchan Jieji Wenhua Da Geming "Proletarian Cultural Great Revolution."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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