[ trot-skee-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈtrɒt skiˌɪz əm /


the form of Communism advocated by Leon Trotsky, based on an immediate, worldwide revolution by the proletariat.

Origin of Trotskyism

First recorded in 1920–25; Trotsky + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for trotskyism


/ (ˈtrɒtskɪˌɪzəm) /


the theory of Communism developed by Trotsky, in which he called for immediate worldwide revolution by the proletariat

Derived Forms

Trotskyist or Trotskyite, noun, adjective
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Culture definitions for trotskyism


[ (trot-skee-iz-uhm) ]

The doctrines of the twentieth-century Russian political leader Leon Trotsky, who believed that communism should depend on the cooperation of the proletariats (see also proletariat) of all nations rather than on domination by the Soviet Union. Trotsky's ideas were opposed by Joseph Stalin, the Soviet premier, who sent Trotsky into exile, made him a nonperson, and eventually had him assassinated.

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