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Menshevik

Menshevik

noun Men·she·vik \ˈmen(t)-shə-ˌvik, -ˌvēk\
plural Mensheviks or Men·she·vi·ki \ˌmen(t)-shə-ˈvi-kē, -ˈvē-kē\

Definition of MENSHEVIK

:  a member of a wing of the Russian Social Democratic party before and during the Russian Revolution believing in the gradual achievement of socialism by parliamentary methods in opposition to the Bolsheviks
Men·she·vism \ˈmen(t)-shə-ˌvi-zəm\ noun
Men·she·vist \-vist\ noun or adjective

Origin of MENSHEVIK

Russian men'shevik, from men'she less; from their forming the minority group of the party
First Known Use: 1907

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