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[ kuh-myoo-ni-tair-ee-uh n ]
/ kəˌmyu nɪˈtɛər i ən /


a member of a communistic community.
an advocate of such a community.

Nearby words

communist china, communist international, communist manifesto, communist party, communistic, communitarian, communitas, community, community antenna television, community association, community card

Origin of communitarian

First recorded in 1835–45; communit(y) + -arian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for communitarian

  • Meanwhile, CrossFit has taken the relatively solitary world of weightlifting and calisthenics and spun a communitarian dreamland.

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  • "He is a communitarian," said former Obama adviser Van Jones in an interview with Breitbart News.

  • It should be no surprise that the unionless, privacy-skittish social network is itself a communitarian totem.

British Dictionary definitions for communitarian


/ (kəˌmjuːnɪˈtɛərɪən) /


a member of a communist community
an advocate of communalism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for communitarian



1841, "member of a commune," from community + ending from utilitarian, etc. The adjective is attested from 1909.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper