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[len-in; Russian lye-nyin] /ˈlɛn ɪn; Russian ˈlyɛ nyɪn/
V(ladimir) I(lyich)
[vlad-uh-meer il-yich;; Russian vluh-dyee-myir ee-lyeech] /ˈvlæd əˌmɪər ˈɪl yɪtʃ;; Russian vlʌˈdyi myɪr iˈlyitʃ/ (Show IPA),
(Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov"N. Lenin") 1870–1924, Russian revolutionary leader: Soviet premier 1918–24. Unabridged
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  • When Lenin wishes to prove some proposition, he does so, if possible, by quoting texts from Marx and Engels.

  • This gentleman was said to adore Lenin, on whom he lectured.

  • It is the menace of fanatic armies, drunken with phrases and sweeping forward under Lenin like a Muscovite scourge.

    The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin
  • The real revolution has just been completed in Russia, 70 years after Lenin's death.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • And there's another well-authenticated rumor from Russia that Lenin is dead.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for Lenin


Vladimir Ilyich (vlaˈdimir iljˈjitʃ), original surname Ulyanov. 1870–1924, Russian statesman and Marxist theoretician; first premier of the Soviet Union. He formed the Bolsheviks (1903) and led them in the October Revolution (1917), which established the Soviet Government. He adopted the New Economic Policy (1921) after the Civil War had led to the virtual collapse of the Russian economy, formed the Comintern (1919), and was the originator of the guiding doctrine of the Soviet Union, Marxism-Leninism. After the Soviet Union broke up in 1991, many statues of Lenin were demolished
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Word Origin and History for Lenin

pseudonym or alias chosen c.1902 (for publishing clandestine political works in exile) by Russian revolutionary Vladimir Il'ich Ulyanov (1870-1924). Related: Leninist (1917); Leninism (1918).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Lenin in Culture
Lenin [(len-in)]

A Russian revolutionary leader of the early twentieth century, highly honored in the former Soviet Union as the founder of the modern Soviet state. Lenin, a founder of the Bolshevik party, contributed much to the success of the Russian Revolution of 1917. Lenin held that a dedicated group of intellectuals had to spearhead the revolution. He became chief of government of the Soviet Union after the revolution and served until his death in 1924. Joseph Stalin succeeded him. Lenin's real name was Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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