or Left·ist



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


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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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 leftist

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

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leftist in Culture


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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