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

Examples of Stalinism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Putinism has a chance to outlive Putin, but Russian history, including the history of Stalinism, shows that as soon as an autocrat disappears, a new era of liberalization can begin. Andrei Kolesnikov, Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 Instead, Russian President Vladimir Putin has revived Stalinism—so effectively, in fact, that in 2019, 70 percent of Russians approved of Stalin and his policies, according to a Levada Center poll. Kaja Kallas, Foreign Affairs, 8 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Stalinism was in 1927

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“Stalinism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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