Leninism


Le·nin·ism

noun \ˈle-nə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of LENINISM

:  the political, economic, and social principles and policies advocated by Lenin; especially :  the theory and practice of communism developed by or associated with Lenin
Le·nin·ist \-nist\ noun or adjective
Le·nin·ite \-ˌnīt\ noun or adjective

First Known Use of LENINISM

1917

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Leninism

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Principles expounded by Vladimir Ilich Lenin to guide the transition of society from capitalism to communism. The tenets of Marxism, which Lenin embraced, provided no concrete guidelines for the transition. Lenin believed that a small, disciplined, professional group of revolutionaries was needed to violently overthrow the capitalist system and that a “dictatorship of the proletariat” must guide society until the day when the state would wither away. Leninism in practice meant control of all aspects of life by the Communist Party and the creation of the first modern totalitarian state. See also Bolshevik; Stalinism; totalitarianism.

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