communist

[ kom-yuh-nist ]
/ ˈkɒm yə nɪst /

noun

(initial capital letter) a member of the Communist Party or movement.
an advocate of communism.
a person who is regarded as supporting politically leftist or subversive causes.
(usually initial capital letter) a Communard.

adjective

(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Communist Party or to Communism.
pertaining to communists or communism.

Nearby words

  1. communionist,
  2. communique,
  3. communiqué,
  4. communism,
  5. communism peak,
  6. communist china,
  7. communist international,
  8. communist manifesto,
  9. communist party,
  10. communistic

Origin of communist

From the French word communiste, dating back to 1835–45. See common, -ist

Related forms
Can be confusedcommunist fascist Marxist socialist

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British Dictionary definitions for communist

communist

/ (ˈkɒmjʊnɪst) /

noun

adjective

of, characterized by, favouring, or relating to communism; communistic
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Word Origin and History for communist

communist

1841, as both a noun and adjective, from French communiste (see communism). First attested in writing by John Goodwin Barmby (1820-1881), British Owenite and utopian socialist who founded the London Communist Propaganda Society in 1841. Main modern sense emerged after publication of Communist Manifesto ("Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei") in 1848. Shortened form Commie attested from 1940. Related: Communistic.

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Culture definitions for communist

communist

A supporter of communism.

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