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  1. (initial capital letter) a member of the Communist Party or movement.
  2. an advocate of communism.
  3. a person who is regarded as supporting politically leftist or subversive causes.
  4. (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
Related formscom·mu·nis·tic, com·mu·nis·ti·cal, adjectivecom·mu·nis·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·com·mu·nist, noun, adjectivean·ti·com·mu·nis·tic, adjectivean·ti·com·mu·nis·ti·cal, adjectivean·ti·com·mu·nis·ti·cal·ly, adverbpro·com·mun·ist, adjective, noun
Can be confusedcommunist fascist Marxist socialist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for communists

Contemporary Examples of communists

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

    Ben Hecht

  • 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 communists in Russia have taken possession of the schools.

British Dictionary definitions for communists


  1. a supporter of any form of communism
  2. (often capital) a supporter of Communism or a Communist movement or state
  3. (often capital) a member of a Communist party
  4. (often capital) US any person holding left-wing views, esp when considered subversive
  5. a person who practises communal living; communalist
  6. another name for Communard
  1. of, characterized by, favouring, or relating to communism; communistic
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

communists in Culture


A supporter of communism.

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