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socialist

[soh-shuh-list] /ˈsoʊ ʃə lɪst/
noun
1.
an advocate or supporter of socialism.
2.
(initial capital letter) a member of the U.S. Socialist party.
adjective
Origin of socialist
1825-1835
1825-35; social + -ist
Related forms
nonsocialist, noun, adjective
presocialist, noun
semisocialist, noun
Can be confused
communist, fascist, Marxist, socialist.
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Examples from the Web for non-socialist
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  • No socialist or non-socialist can afford to miss the live argument and pithy suggestion contained in its pages.

    Rebel women Evelyn Sharp
  • Its organization was advocated by Blanquists and non-socialist workingmen.

    Syndicalism in France Louis Levine
  • Yet the most radical of the non-socialist educational reformers do not dare to hope at present even for a step in this direction.

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
  • But surely it is sentimentality to talk as the non-socialist does about the personal excellences of the aristocracy.

    Britain for the British Robert Blatchford
  • Similarly unshaken was his mistrust of the Russian non-socialist parties.

    Our Revolution Leon Trotzky
  • For nearly all those things which the non-socialist tells us are impossible are being done.

    Britain for the British Robert Blatchford
  • This appeared to indicate that these candidates had bid for and obtained a large share of the non-socialist vote.

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
  • Quessel's program is that of the non-socialist reformers, and a step, not towards Socialism, but towards collectivist capitalism.

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
  • The position of the non-socialist members of the government therefore became untenable, and a whole group of them resigned.

    The Russian Revolution; The Jugo-Slav Movement Alexander Petrunkevitch, Samuel Northrup Harper, Frank Alfred Golder, Robert Joseph Kerner
  • They proposed to organize councils and congresses of the non-socialist elements.

    The Russian Revolution; The Jugo-Slav Movement Alexander Petrunkevitch, Samuel Northrup Harper, Frank Alfred Golder, Robert Joseph Kerner
British Dictionary definitions for non-socialist

socialist

/ˈsəʊʃəlɪst/
noun
1.
a supporter or advocate of socialism or any party promoting socialism (socialist party)
adjective
2.
of, characteristic of, implementing, or relating to socialism
3.
(sometimes capital) of, characteristic of, or relating to socialists or a socialist party
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Word Origin and History for non-socialist

socialist

n.

"one who advocates socialism," 1827, from French socialiste, or else a native formation based on it, in reference to the teachings of Comte de Saint-Simon, founder of French socialism. The word begins to be used in French in the modern sense c.1835. Socialista, with a different sense, was applied 18c. to followers and pupils of Dutch jurist Grotius (1583-1645), from his use of socialistus. Socialist realism attested from 1934.

I find that socialism is often misunderstood by its least intelligent supporters and opponents to mean simply unrestrained indulgence of our natural propensity to heave bricks at respectable persons. [George Bernard Shaw, "An Unsocial Socialist," 1900]



Prison is a Socialist's Paradise, where equality prevails, everything is supplied and competition is eliminated. [Elbert Hubbard, "The Note Book," 1927]

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