- (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.
- (initial capital letter) of or relating to the Communist Party or to Communism.
- pertaining to communists or communism.
Origin of communist
Related Words for communistscomrade, sympathizer, red, Marxist, pinko, Commie, apparatchik, Socialist, Bolshevist, Trotskyite, Bolshevik, Maoist, Stalinist, Leninist
Examples from the Web for communists
Contemporary Examples of communists
There were likewise people who could have mobilized actors, students, reform-minded Communists and even trade unionists.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
Islamists stood next to communists waving Palestinian flags and hurling insults at Israeli officials.A New Intifada? Israel’s Arab Citizen Uprising Spreads
November 10, 2014
So, in short, everyone knows Leung is a mere puppet with zero power and will read out whatever the communists dictate to him.Beijing/Hong Kong: A Tale of Two Cities as Demonstrations Continue
October 1, 2014
Instead modernism became a style that was acceptable for “forward-thinking people”—not for communists, or socialists, or whatever.How Jews Created American Modernism
August 1, 2014
The mujahedin narrative was much more honest than that of the communists.The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan: An Excerpt From Bruce Riedel’s ’What We Won’
July 27, 2014
Historical Examples of communists
This organization was originally founded to spy on Communists and Socialists.Secret Armies
John L. Spivak
For the bourgeoisie in Bavaria dislike Prussia as much as the communists dislike her.Erik Dorn
Several of the Communists were standing round the fallen man.A Girl of the Commune
George Alfred Henty
The Sans-Culottes of 1793 were the pupils of the priests; so were the Communists of 1871.The Huguenots in France
The communists in Russia have taken possession of the schools.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
- a supporter of any form of communism
- (often capital) a supporter of Communism or a Communist movement or state
- (often capital) a member of a Communist party
- (often capital) US any person holding left-wing views, esp when considered subversive
- a person who practises communal living; communalist
- another name for Communard
- of, characterized by, favouring, or relating to communism; communistic
Word Origin and History for communists
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.
A supporter of communism.