bolshevism

noun

bol·​she·​vism ˈbōl-shə-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce bolshevism (audio)
ˈbȯl-,
ˈbäl-
often capitalized
1
: the doctrine or program of the Bolsheviks advocating violent overthrow of capitalism
2
: Russian communism

Examples of bolshevism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fear of bolshevism blended with a long-standing hostility toward certain classes of immigrants. Adam Hochschild, The New Yorker, 4 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bolshevism was in 1911

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Bolshevism

noun
Bol·​she·​vism
ˈbōl-shə-ˌviz-əm,
ˈbȯl-,
ˈbäl-
: the doctrine or program of the Bolsheviks

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