collectivism

noun
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

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Other Words from collectivism

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

Examples of collectivism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Political scientist WH Greenleaf famously characterized British politics as an enduring cycle between the politics of libertarianism and collectivism. Daniel Fitzpatrick, Quartz, "Labour’s manifesto could transform British politics—even if it doesn’t win the election," 26 Nov. 2019 The troops are forced to set out—their hostage in tow—through the jungle to find a new base, and the pressure of the situation bears down on their sense of collectivism. N.e.g., The Economist, "“Monos” paints a surreal and disturbing portrait of child guerrillas," 16 Sep. 2019 Connor stared dejectedly at his beverage, now tainted by collectivism. Alexander Sammon, The New Republic, "The Last of the Ayn Rand Acolytes," 14 Aug. 2019 Unlike American individualism, collectivism is a Chinese sentiment. Han Zhang, The New Yorker, "The “Post-Truth” Publication Where Chinese Students in America Get Their News," 19 Aug. 2019 Keynesianism, socialism and central planning had captured the politics of the West, while varying degrees of collectivism and Communism prevailed behind the Iron Curtain. R.c., The Economist, "How conservatives—on the left and on the right—can defeat the populists," 9 July 2019 These were stories in which good Americans lost their individuality and freedom and became incorporated into an evangelical hive mind, reflecting anti-communist fears of Soviet imperialism and collectivism. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "In season 3, Stranger Things’ celebration of ’80s pop culture becomes a political ideology," 8 July 2019 The tension was expressed in popular media as a defense of American individualism against the power and efficacy of Japanese collectivism and corporate culture. Lindsay Grace, Smithsonian, "The Original ‘Space Invaders’ is an Icon of 1970s America’s Deepest Fears," 19 June 2018 Keynesianism, socialism and central planning had captured the politics of the West, while varying degrees of collectivism and Communism prevailed behind the Iron Curtain. R.c., The Economist, "How conservatives—on the left and on the right—can defeat the populists," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of collectivism

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Dec 2019

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“Collectivism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collectivism. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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collectivism

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English Language Learners Definition of collectivism

: a political or economic system in which the government owns businesses, land, etc.

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