col·​lec·​tiv·​ism | \ kə-ˈlek-ti-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce collectivism (audio) \

Definition of collectivism

1 : a political or economic theory advocating collective control especially over production and distribution also : a system marked by such control
2 : emphasis on collective rather than individual action or identity

Other Words from collectivism

collectivist \ kə-​ˈlek-​ti-​vist How to pronounce collectivism (audio) \ adjective or noun
collectivistic \ kə-​ˌlek-​ti-​ˈvi-​stik How to pronounce collectivism (audio) \ adjective
collectivistically \ kə-​ˌlek-​ti-​ˈvi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce collectivism (audio) \ adverb

Examples of collectivism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The invisible hand may be no less naively utopian than collectivism. WSJ, 15 Apr. 2022 Part of the project’s popularity is the sense of collectivism that seems increasingly rare as the Internet becomes more fractured and polarized. Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2022 Objectivism is an intensely individualistic philosophy that rejects all forms of collectivism and believes passionately in America as the land of meritocracy and individual responsibility. Laura Jedeed, The New Republic, 1 Mar. 2022 One is the mystifying movement toward greater collectivism as a means of improving the needs of the underprivileged. David L. Bahnsen, National Review, 11 Nov. 2021 During Chairman Mao Zedong's tumultuous reign, the revolutionary zeal for collectivism overrode the wishes of the individual, often leading to devastating, deadly consequences. Nectar Gan And Steve George, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 Consider The Hierophant as the card of institutions and collectivism. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, 5 Sep. 2021 Ted Lasso is an ode to collectivism, infused with layered references to facts of pop culture, and a deep knowledge of the real-world context in which sports operate. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 23 July 2021 The pattern has grown increasingly stark as inequality has surged during China’s shift over the past 40 years from Maoist collectivism to state capitalism, with wealth concentrated on the east coast as the interior lags behind. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of collectivism

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for collectivism

borrowed from French collectivisme, from collectif collective entry 1 + -isme -ism

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“Collectivism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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