[ sin-di-kuh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˈsɪn dɪ kəˌlɪz əm /


a form or development of trade unionism, originating in France, that aims at the possession of the means of production and distribution, and ultimately at the control of society, by federated bodies of industrial workers, and that seeks to realize its purposes through general strikes, terrorism, sabotage, etc.
an economic system in which workers own and manage industry.

Origin of syndicalism

From the French word syndicalisme, dating back to 1905–10. See syndical, -ism

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British Dictionary definitions for syndicalism

/ (ˈsɪndɪkəˌlɪzəm) /


a revolutionary movement and theory advocating the seizure of the means of production and distribution by syndicates of workers through direct action, esp a general strike
an economic system resulting from such action

Derived forms of syndicalism

syndical, adjectivesyndicalist, adjective, nounsyndicalistic, adjective
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