or Left·ist

[ lef-tist ]
/ ˈlɛf tɪst /


a member of the political Left or a person sympathetic to its views.


of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or advocated by the political Left.

Nearby words

  1. left-wing,
  2. left-winger,
  3. leftie,
  4. leftish,
  5. leftism,
  6. leftover,
  7. leftward,
  8. leftwardly,
  9. leftwards,
  10. lefty

Origin of leftist

First recorded in 1920–25; left1 + -ist

Related formsleft·ism, nounan·ti·left·ist, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for leftism


/ (ˈlɛftɪst) /


of, tending towards, or relating to the political left or its principles


a person who supports or belongs to the political left
Derived Formsleftism, noun

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Word Origin and History for leftism
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Culture definitions for leftism


One who holds a left-wing viewpoint; someone who seeks radical social and economic change in the direction of greater equality.

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