leftist

or Left·ist

[lef-tist]
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adjective
  1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or advocated by the political Left.

Origin of leftist

First recorded in 1920–25; left1 + -ist
Related formsleft·ism, nounan·ti·left·ist, adjective
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Examples from the Web for leftism

Contemporary Examples of leftism

  • The trouble is this: when “leftism” becomes an identity element, it makes leftist politics involuntary.

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    The Israeli Left's Identity Issues

    Elisheva Goldberg

    December 10, 2012

  • Sarkozy, after all, campaigned against the excesses of 1960s leftism.

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    Carla on the Couch

    Eric Pape

    October 22, 2009

Historical Examples of leftism

  • No sooner does the Left of some party break off and found a new party than it is immediately confronted by its own Leftism.


British Dictionary definitions for leftism

leftist

adjective
  1. of, tending towards, or relating to the political left or its principles
noun
  1. a person who supports or belongs to the political left
Derived Formsleftism, noun
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Word Origin and History for leftism
n.

1917, from left in the political sense + -ism.

leftist

adj.

1897, from left (adj.) in the political sense + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

leftism in Culture

leftist

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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