/ (ˈspɑːtəsɪst) /


a member of a group of German radical socialists formed in 1916 and in 1919 becoming the German Communist Party, led by Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg

Word Origin for Spartacist

C20: from the pen name Spartacus adopted by Karl Liebknecht

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Examples from the Web for spartacist

  • The handsomest and most intelligent man I've met in Germany was a Spartacist, a film actor by profession.

    The New Germany|George Young
  • How many combinations does that give in which to find the perfect expression of a Spartacist commandant of a Hohenzollern castle.

    The New Germany|George Young

Word Origin and History for spartacist


"German Bolshevik of November 1918 uprising," 1919, from German Spartakist, from Spartacus (d.71 B.C.E.), Thracian leader of Roman Servile War (73-71 B.C.E.), the name adopted 1916 as a pseudonym by Karl Liebknecht in his political tracts, and extended to the socialist revolutionary group he founded with Rosa Luxemburg and Franz Mehring.

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