1. socialistic.

Origin of socialist

First recorded in 1825–35; social + -ist
Related formsnon·so·cial·ist, noun, adjectivepre·so·cial·ist, nounsem·i·so·cial·ist, noun
Can be confusedcommunist fascist Marxist socialist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for non-socialist

Historical Examples of non-socialist

  • Its organization was advocated by Blanquists and non-socialist workingmen.

  • Similarly unshaken was his mistrust of the Russian non-Socialist parties.

    Our Revolution

    Leon Trotzky

  • The position of the non-socialist members of the government therefore became untenable, and a whole group of them resigned.

    The Russian Revolution; The Jugo-Slav Movement

    Alexander Petrunkevitch, Samuel Northrup Harper, Frank Alfred Golder, Robert Joseph Kerner

  • But surely it is sentimentality to talk as the non-Socialist does about the personal excellences of the aristocracy.

    Britain for the British

    Robert Blatchford

  • For nearly all those things which the non-Socialist tells us are impossible are being done.

    Britain for the British

    Robert Blatchford

British Dictionary definitions for non-socialist


  1. a supporter or advocate of socialism or any party promoting socialism (socialist party)
  1. of, characteristic of, implementing, or relating to socialism
  2. (sometimes capital) of, characteristic of, or relating to socialists or a socialist party
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Word Origin and History for non-socialist



"one who advocates socialism," 1827, from French socialiste, or else a native formation based on it, in reference to the teachings of Comte de Saint-Simon, founder of French socialism. The word begins to be used in French in the modern sense c.1835. Socialista, with a different sense, was applied 18c. to followers and pupils of Dutch jurist Grotius (1583-1645), from his use of socialistus. Socialist realism attested from 1934.

I find that socialism is often misunderstood by its least intelligent supporters and opponents to mean simply unrestrained indulgence of our natural propensity to heave bricks at respectable persons. [George Bernard Shaw, "An Unsocial Socialist," 1900]

Prison is a Socialist's Paradise, where equality prevails, everything is supplied and competition is eliminated. [Elbert Hubbard, "The Note Book," 1927]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper