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[trot-skee-iz-uh m] /ˈtrɒt skiˌɪz əm/
the form of Communism advocated by Leon Trotsky, based on an immediate, worldwide revolution by the proletariat.
Origin of Trotskyism
First recorded in 1920-25; Trotsky + -ism Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Trotskyism


the theory of Communism developed by Trotsky, in which he called for immediate worldwide revolution by the proletariat
Derived Forms
Trotskyist, Trotskyite, noun, adjective
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Trotskyism in Culture
Trotskyism [(trot-skee-iz-uhm)]

The doctrines of the twentieth-century Russian political leader Leon Trotsky, who believed that communism should depend on the cooperation of the proletariats of all nations rather than on domination by the Soviet Union. Trotsky's ideas were opposed by Joseph Stalin, the Soviet premier, who sent Trotsky into exile, made him a nonperson, and eventually had him assassinated.

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