Bolshevik

noun

Bol·​she·​vik ˈbōl-shə-ˌvik How to pronounce Bolshevik (audio)
ˈbȯl-,
ˈbäl-,
-ˌvēk How to pronounce Bolshevik (audio)
plural Bolsheviks also Bolsheviki ˌbōl-shə-ˈvi-kē How to pronounce Bolshevik (audio)
ˌbȯl-,
ˌbäl-,
-ˈvē-kē
1
: a member of the extremist wing of the Russian Social Democratic party that seized power in Russia by the Revolution of November 1917
2
Bolshevik adjective

Examples of Bolshevik in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Putin's views on Lenin, the Bolshevik leader and founding father of Soviet Russia, are complicated and contradictory. Elliott Goat, The Week Uk, theweek, 18 Jan. 2024 The story spans the time between World War I — when the Allies were attempting to hold Russia in their camp against Germany, while also keeping tabs on the evolving Bolshevik revolution — and the end of the Second World War. Elizabeth Powers, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 The first round of this struggle, in which early Soviet operatives faced off primarily against their British counterparts, started soon after the Bolshevik Revolution. Andrei Soldatov, Foreign Affairs, 27 Dec. 2023 In 1918, having just got married, Singer and his wife, Genia, made their way from Warsaw to Ukraine and Russia, which were experiencing the aftershocks of the Bolshevik revolution. Adam Kirsch, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2023 Chopin, whose real name was Erwin Bootz, marries Ruth, a Jew (and a firebrand Bolshevik to boot). Jesse Green, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023 The same goes for the show’s female secondary figures, a gentile who marries Rabbi (Sierra Boggess) and a fiery Jewish Bolshevik activist (Julie Benko, fresh from Funny Girl). Vulture, 13 Nov. 2023 The Bolshevik bloc of the Democratic Party is having its fantasy prosecution of Donald Trump play out in real life in New York City. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 2 Oct. 2023 Just 100 meters away from Lenin, on another granite pedestal, stood Artem, a Bolshevik revolutionary who did nothing especially beneficial for Bakhmut, yet for some reason, the town bore his name during the Soviet era. Haiane Avakian, The Atlantic, 27 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Russian bol'shevik, from bol'shiĭ greater

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Bolshevik was in 1907

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“Bolshevik.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bolshevik. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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Bolshevik

noun
Bol·​she·​vik ˈbōl-shə-ˌvik How to pronounce Bolshevik (audio) ˈbȯl- How to pronounce Bolshevik (audio)
ˈbäl-,
-ˌvēk
plural Bolsheviks or Bolsheviki ˌbōl-shə-ˈvik-ē How to pronounce Bolshevik (audio)
ˌbȯl-,
ˌbäl-,
-ˈvē-kē
1
: a member of the communist party that seized power in Russia by the Revolution of November 1917
2
Bolshevik adjective

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