[ mou-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈmaʊ ɪz əm /


the political, social, economic, and military theories and policies advocated by Mao Zedong, as those concerning revolutionary movements and guerrilla warfare.

Origin of Maoism

First recorded in 1950–55; Mao (Zedong) + -ism
Related formsMao·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for maoist


/ (ˈmaʊɪzəm) /


Marxism-Leninism as interpreted by Mao Tse-tung: distinguished by its theory of guerrilla warfare and its emphasis on the revolutionary potential of the peasantry
adherence to or reverence for Mao Tse-tung and his teachings
Derived FormsMaoist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for maoist


1951 (adj.), 1963 (n.), in reference to the sort of Marxist-Leninist communist doctrines invented by Chairman Mao Tse-tung of China.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for maoist


[ (mow-iz-uhm) ]

The doctrines of Mao Zedong, most notably the doctrine that a continuous revolution is necessary if the leaders of a communist state are to be kept in touch with the people. (See Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.)

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