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Menshevik

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noun Men·she·vik \ˈmen(t)-shə-ˌvik, -ˌvēk\

Definition of Menshevik

plural Mensheviks or Mensheviki play \ˌmen(t)-shə-ˈvi-kē, -ˈvē-kē\

  1. :  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

Menshevism play \ˈmen(t)-shə-ˌvi-zəm\ noun
Menshevist play \-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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