Sta·​lin·​ism ˈstä-lə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Stalinism (audio)
: the political, economic, and social principles and policies associated with Stalin
especially : the theory and practice of communism developed by Stalin from Marxism-Leninism and marked especially by rigid authoritarianism, widespread use of terror, and often emphasis on Russian nationalism
Stalinist noun or adjective
Stalinize transitive verb
Stalinoid noun or adjective

Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Stalinism was in 1927

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“Stalinism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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