[ kom-yuh-nist ]
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  1. (initial capital letter) a member of the Communist Party or movement.

  2. an advocate of communism.

  1. a person who is regarded as supporting politically leftist or subversive causes.

  2. (usually initial capital letter) a Communard.

  1. (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Communist Party or to Communism.

  2. pertaining to communists or communism.

Origin of communist

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

Other words from communist

  • com·mu·nis·tic, com·mu·nis·ti·cal, adjective
  • com·mu·nis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • an·ti·com·mu·nist, noun, adjective
  • an·ti·com·mu·nis·tic, adjective
  • an·ti·com·mu·nis·ti·cal, adjective
  • an·ti·com·mu·nis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • pro·com·mun·ist, adjective, noun

Words that may be confused with communist

Words Nearby communist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use communist in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for communist


/ (ˈkɒmjʊnɪst) /

  1. a supporter of any form of communism

  2. (often capital) a supporter of Communism or a Communist movement or state

  1. (often capital) a member of a Communist party

  2. (often capital) US any person holding left-wing views, esp when considered subversive

  3. a person who practises communal living; communalist

  4. another name for Communard

  1. of, characterized by, favouring, or relating to communism; communistic

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Cultural definitions for communist


A supporter of communism.

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