1. of Karl Marx or his theories.

Origin of Marxist

First recorded in 1885–90; Marx + -ist
Related formsnon-Marx·ist, adjective, noun
Can be confusedcommunist fascist Marxist socialist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for non-marxist


  1. a follower of Marxism
  1. (of an economic or political theory) analogous to or derived from the doctrines of Karl Marx
  2. of or relating to Marx, Marxism, or Marxists and their theories
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Word Origin and History for non-marxist



1886, "devotee of the teachings of Marx," from French marxiste, from Karl Marx (1818-1883), German political theorist. The adjective is attested from 1884. The adjectival form Marxian (1940) sometimes is used (e.g. by Groucho) to distinguish the U.S. vaudeville team from the German communist.

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