[soh-vee-et, -it, soh-vee-et]


(in the Soviet Union).
  1. (before the revolution) any governmental council.
  2. (after the revolution) a local council, originally elected only by manual workers, with certain powers of local administration.
  3. (after the revolution) a higher council elected by a local council, being part of a hierarchy of soviets culminating in the Supreme Soviet.
any similar council or assembly connected with a socialistic governmental system elsewhere.
(initial capital letter) Often Soviets. a governing official or person living in the Soviet Union: The Soviets have denied our charge.


of or relating to a soviet.
(initial capital letter) of the Soviet Union: a Soviet statesman.

Origin of soviet

1915–20; < Russian sovét council, counsel, advice, Old Russian, OCS sŭvětŭ, equivalent to sŭ- together, with + větŭ counsel; calque of Greek symboúlion
Related formsso·vi·et·dom [soh-vee-et-duh m, -it-, soh-vee-et-] /ˈsoʊ viˌɛt dəm, -ɪt-, ˌsoʊ viˈɛt-/, nounan·ti-So·vi·et, noun, adjectivepro-So·vi·et, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for anti-soviet

Contemporary Examples of anti-soviet

  • His most famous works, like The Man Who Flew Into Space from His Apartment, created in 1984, were read as anti-Soviet manifestos.

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    Is This Anti-Soviet Art?

    Jimmy So

    October 22, 2011

  • Ohser drew anti-British and anti-Soviet caricatures, but in his private life, he made no secret of his real political convictions.

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    When Hitler Was a Punchline

    Rudolph Herzog

    May 14, 2011

  • The reason for the flap, old man,” he said, “is that Kim was head of our anti-Soviet section.

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    The Charmed Life of a Traitor

    Harold Evans

    November 6, 2009

Historical Examples of anti-soviet

  • Since nineteen he had been a member of the anti-Soviet team.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Do you think that they thought you had anti-Soviet views because you married an American?

    Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • To a significant degree the revival of nationalism has gone hand in hand with anti-Soviet attitudes.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

British Dictionary definitions for anti-soviet



opposed to anything characteristic of or relating to the former Soviet Union and its governmentanti-Soviet propaganda
opposed to the government and policies of the former Soviet Unionthey are not pro-Nazi but anti-Soviet



(in the former Soviet Union) an elected government council at the local, regional, and national levels, which culminated in the Supreme Soviet
(in prerevolutionary Russia) a local revolutionary council


of or relating to a soviet

Word Origin for soviet

C20: from Russian sovyet council, from Old Russian sŭvĕtŭ



of, characteristic of, or relating to the former Soviet Union, its people, or its government
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Word Origin and History for anti-soviet



1917, from Russian sovet "governing council," literally "council," from Old Russian suvetu "assembly," from su "with" (from *su(n)- "with, together," from PIE *ksun- "with") + vetu "counsel." The whole is a loan-translation of Greek symboulion "council of advisers." As an adjective from 1918.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper