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left wing

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noun
  1. members of a liberal or radical political party, or those favoring extensive political reform.
  2. such a party or a group of such parties.
  3. the part of a political or social organization advocating a liberal or radical position.
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Origin of left wing

First recorded in 1700–10
Related formsleft-wing, adjectiveleft-wing·er, noun
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  • Adelaide had a Federation-wide reputation for left-wing neo-Marxist "liberalism."

    Oomphel in the Sky

    Henry Beam Piper

  • The movement was headed by the left-wing Socialists, who attempted to correlate the antiwar movement with socialist propaganda.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

  • By half file-leaders on the Left-wing, double your Rank to the Front.

  • He represented Scotland in the contests with England in 1887 and 1888 as left-wing forward, and played a fine game.

  • By business I mean some kind of activity and keeping track of right-wing causes and left-wing causes or something.

    Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy


British Dictionary definitions for left-wing

left wing

noun
  1. (often capital) the leftist faction of an assembly, party, group, etc; the radical or progressive wing
  2. the units of an army situated on the left of a battle position
  3. sport
    1. the left-hand side of the field of play from the point of view of either team facing its opponents' goal
    2. a player positioned in this area in certain games
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adjective left-wing
  1. of, belonging to, or relating to the political left wing
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Derived Formsleft-winger, noun
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Word Origin and History for left-wing

left wing

n.

also (as an adjective) left-wing, 1871 in the political sense (1530s in a military formation sense), from left (adj.) + wing (n.). Related: Left-winger.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

left-wing in Culture

left-wing

A descriptive term for liberal, radical, or revolutionary political views, particularly the view that there are unacceptable social inequalities in the present order of society. Communists and socialists, as well as moderate liberals, come under the term left-wing. Left-wing groups are sometimes known collectively as the Left. (Compare right-wing.)

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left-wing

A descriptive term for an individual or a political faction that advocates liberal, radical, or even revolutionary policies, usually in favor of overcoming social inequalities. In the United States, left-wing groups generally support federal social welfare programs designed to open opportunities to all citizens. (Compare right-wing.)

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Note

Although both major political parties in the United States have left-wing factions, left-wing policies are usually associated with the Democratic party.
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Idioms and Phrases with left-wing

left wing

The liberal or radical faction of a political group, as in Many consider him a leader of the Democratic Party's left wing. This expression originated in the seating practice of European legislatures, whereby those holding liberal views were assigned to the left side of the house. [First half of 1800s]

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