[kuh-lek-tuh-viz-uh m]
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Origin of collectivism

1875–80; < French collectivisme; see collective, -ism
Related formscol·lec·tiv·ist, noun, adjectivecol·lec·tiv·is·tic, adjectivecol·lec·tiv·is·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·col·lec·tiv·is·tic, adjectivepro·col·lec·tiv·ism, nounpro·col·lec·tiv·ist, adjective, nounpro·col·lec·tiv·is·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of collectivism

  • This is Russian culture, and in Communist times it became more powerful, this idea of collectivism.

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    Igor Meerson, Russia’s Funniest Export

    Nico Hines

    September 24, 2014

  • Meerson traces this scarcity of one-man performers back to a culture of collectivism that predates even the Communist revolution.

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    Igor Meerson, Russia’s Funniest Export

    Nico Hines

    September 24, 2014

  • But anarchism is a logical outgrowth of the anti-intellectual side of collectivism.

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    Objectivists Shrugged

    Noah Kristula-Green

    June 27, 2012

  • It represents a philosophic consistency that rejects the collectivism of social conservatives and public sector unions alike.

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    The Phony Centrism of Charlie Crist

    John Avlon

    April 30, 2010

Historical Examples of collectivism

British Dictionary definitions for collectivism


  1. the principle of ownership of the means of production, by the state or the people
  2. a social system based on this principle
Derived Formscollectivist, nouncollectivistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for collectivism

1880, in socialist theory, from collective + -ism. Related: Collectivist (1882 as both noun and adjective); collectivization (1890).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper