soviet [ soh-vee-et, -it, soh-vee- et] WORD ORIGIN noun (in the Soviet Union). (before the revolution) any governmental council. (after the revolution) a local council, originally elected only by manual workers, with certain powers of local administration. (after the revolution) a higher council elected by a local council, being part of a hierarchy of soviets culminating in the Supreme Soviet. any similar council or assembly connected with a socialistic governmental system elsewhere. ( Often initial capital letter) Soviets. a governing official or person living in the Soviet Union: The Soviets have denied our charge. adjective of or relating to a soviet. ( initial capital letter) of the Soviet Union: a Soviet statesman. 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 forms so·vi·et·dom , [ soh-vee-et-d uh m, -it-, soh-vee- et-] /ˈsoʊ viˌɛt dəm, -ɪt-, ˌsoʊ viˈɛt-/ noun an·ti-So·vi·et, noun, adjective pro-So·vi·et, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pro-soviet adjective in favour of or supporting anything of, characteristic of, or relating to the former Soviet Union, its people, or its government noun (in the former Soviet Union) an elected government council at the local, regional, and national levels, which culminated in the Supreme Soviet (in prerevolutionary Russia) a local revolutionary council adjective of or relating to a soviet Word Origin for soviet
C20: from Russian
sovyet council, from Old Russian sŭvĕtŭ adjective 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 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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