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soviet

[soh-vee-et, -it, soh-vee-et]
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noun
  1. (in the Soviet Union).
    1. (before the revolution) any governmental council.
    2. (after the revolution) a local council, originally elected only by manual workers, with certain powers of local administration.
    3. (after the revolution) a higher council elected by a local council, being part of a hierarchy of soviets culminating in the Supreme Soviet.
  2. any similar council or assembly connected with a socialistic governmental system elsewhere.
  3. (initial capital letter) Often Soviets. a governing official or person living in the Soviet Union: The Soviets have denied our charge.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a soviet.
  2. (initial capital letter) of the Soviet Union: a Soviet statesman.
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Origin of soviet

1915–20; < Russian sovét council, counsel, advice, Old Russian, OCS sŭvětŭ, equivalent to sŭ- together, with + větŭ counsel; calque of Greek symboúlion
Related formsso·vi·et·dom [soh-vee-et-duh m, -it-, soh-vee-et-] /ˈsoʊ viˌɛt dəm, -ɪt-, ˌsoʊ viˈɛt-/, nounan·ti-So·vi·et, noun, adjectivepro-So·vi·et, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pro-soviet

pro-Soviet

adjective
  1. in favour of or supporting anything of, characteristic of, or relating to the former Soviet Union, its people, or its government
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soviet

noun
  1. (in the former Soviet Union) an elected government council at the local, regional, and national levels, which culminated in the Supreme Soviet
  2. (in prerevolutionary Russia) a local revolutionary council
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a soviet
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Word Origin

C20: from Russian sovyet council, from Old Russian sŭvĕtŭ

Soviet

adjective
  1. of, characteristic of, or relating to the former Soviet Union, its people, or its government
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Word Origin and History for pro-soviet

soviet

n.

1917, from Russian sovet "governing council," literally "council," from Old Russian suvetu "assembly," from su "with" (from *su(n)- "with, together," from PIE *ksun- "with") + vetu "counsel." The whole is a loan-translation of Greek symboulion "council of advisers." As an adjective from 1918.

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