- an advocate or supporter of socialism.
- (initial capital letter) a member of the U.S. Socialist party.
Origin of socialist
Examples from the Web for socialist
Trierweiler claims that Hollande, a socialist, showed contempt for the poor, supposedly calling them “the toothless.”Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
November 28, 2014
Venezuela is known for both its socialist economic policies and its beauty queens.Venezuela Now Has Toilet Paper but No Breast Implants
September 16, 2014
Reformers understood that constructive societal evolution was the antidote to socialist revolution.From The Square Deal to The New Deal: The Overlapping Political Identities of TR and FDR
September 9, 2014
There were Americans who disparaged modernism because it was European and “socialist.”
In America, modernism was stripped of its socialist leanings.
One was deep in a socialist book, the other in news of the Giants.The Harbor
But I really don't see why I shouldn't be a Socialist as well.Cleo The Magnificent
The others had to restrain the lieutenant to keep him from assaulting the socialist.The Downfall
You would have been a socialist and headed labour-union picnics.The Gorgeous Girl
The cloven hoof of the Socialist peeps out from a little group.Dreamers of the Ghetto
- a supporter or advocate of socialism or any party promoting socialism (socialist party)
- of, characteristic of, implementing, or relating to socialism
- (sometimes capital) of, characteristic of, or relating to socialists or a socialist party
Word Origin and History for socialist
"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]