- a member of the Russian Social-Democratic Workers' Party in opposition to the Bolsheviks: advocated gradual development of full socialism through parliamentary government and cooperation with bourgeois parties; absorbed into the Communist party formed in 1918.
Origin of Menshevik
Examples from the Web for menshevik
In Russia "Bolshevik" means majority, and "Menshevik" minority.Bolshevism: A Curse & Danger to the Workers
Henry William Lee
Are we depriving ourselves of Cadet and Menshevik criticisms of the corruption of the working class?
One of the Menshevik orators attempted incidentally to represent me as a defender of militarism in general.
- a member of the moderate wing of the Russian Social Democratic Party, advocating gradual reform to achieve socialismCompare Bolshevik
Word Origin and History for menshevik
1907, from Russian men'shevik, from men'she "lesser" (comparative of malo "little," from PIE root *mei- "small;" see minus) + -evik "one that is." So called by Lenin because they were a minority in the party. Earlier used in reference to the minority faction of the Social-Democratic Party, when it split in 1903. As a noun from 1917. Russian plural mensheviki occasionally was used in English.