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leftist

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[lef-tist]
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noun
  1. a member of the political Left or a person sympathetic to its views.
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adjective
  1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or advocated by the political Left.
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Origin of leftist

First recorded in 1920–25; left1 + -ist
Related formsleft·ism, nounan·ti·left·ist, adjective
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leftist

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

adj.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

leftist 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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