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

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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 Radical collectivism would replace property-owning democracy. The Economist, "Don’t shrink the role of markets—expand it," 10 May 2018 Obstacles to the creative process litter the Chinese education landscape: Domineering teachers who discourage open questioning; exam metrics that keep children studying rather than exploring; social collectivism that promotes conformity. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "Lessons in learning: Mao, a piñata and a 3-year-old American in Shanghai," 10 Sep. 2017 Such tragedies and destruction are prime examples of how American collectivism and cohesion is often formed in fire or water. Phillip Morris,, "Sparring over the American Flag isn't the way forward: Phillip Morris," 10 Sep. 2017 This fight between collectivism and individualism, the rights of the worker and the rights of the owner, have been part of America since the country’s founding, Bailey says. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Coal Mining Massacre America Forgot," 25 Apr. 2017 After all, nearly every post-war Western to that point had dramatized the conflict between virtuous, democratic individualism and authoritarian collectivism in one way or another. Michael Auslin, National Review, "The Last Great American Western Turns 25," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of collectivism

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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