Are we depriving ourselves of Cadet and Menshevik criticisms of the corruption of the working class?
One of the Menshevik orators attempted incidentally to represent me as a defender of militarism in general.
In Russia "Bolshevik" means majority, and "Menshevik" minority.
1907, from Russian men'shevik, from men'she "lesser" (comparative of malo "little," from PIE root *mei- "small;" see minus) + -evik "one that is." So called by Lenin because they were a minority in the party. Earlier used in reference to the minority faction of the Social-Democratic Party, when it split in 1903. As a noun from 1917. Russian plural mensheviki occasionally was used in English.