[ 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.


Nearby words

  1. syndesmotomy,
  2. syndetic,
  3. syndeton,
  4. syndic,
  5. syndical,
  6. syndicate,
  7. syndiotactic,
  8. syndrome,
  9. syndrome x,
  10. syndromic

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 Formssyndical, adjectivesyndicalist, adjective, nounsyndicalistic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for syndicalism



1907, from French syndicalisme "movement to transfer ownership of means of production and distribution to industrial workers," from syndical "of a labor union," from syndic "chief representative" (see syndic).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper