Spar·​ta·​cist ˈspär-tə-sist How to pronounce Spartacist (audio)
: a member of a revolutionary political group organized in Germany in 1918 and advocating extreme socialistic doctrines

Word History


German Spartakist, from Spartakusbund, literally, league of Spartakus, a revolutionary organization, from Spartakus, pen name of Karl Liebknecht, its cofounder

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Spartacist was in 1919

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Cite this Entry

“Spartacist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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