Men·​she·​vik ˈmen(t)-shə-ˌvik How to pronounce Menshevik (audio)
plural Mensheviks or Mensheviki ˌmen(t)-shə-ˈvi-kē How to pronounce Menshevik (audio)
: 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 noun
Menshevist noun or adjective

Word History


Russian men'shevik, from men'she less; from their forming the minority group of the party

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Menshevik was in 1906

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“Menshevik.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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