com·​mu·​nist | \ ˈkäm-yə-nist How to pronounce communist (audio) , -yü- \

Definition of communist

1 : an adherent or advocate of communism
2 capitalized : communard
3a capitalized : a member of a Communist party or movement
b often capitalized : an adherent or advocate of a Communist government, party, or movement
4 often capitalized : one held to engage in left-wing, subversive, or revolutionary activities

Other Words from communist

communist adjective, often capitalized
communistic \ ˌkäm-​yə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce communist (audio) , -​yü-​ \ adjective, often capitalized
communistically \ ˌkäm-​yə-​ˈni-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce communist (audio) , -​yü-​ \ adverb

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Examples of communist in a Sentence

communists were plotting an overthrow of the government
Recent Examples on the Web In our view, communist China is not only a real and urgent threat to democracy and peace–but also to business. Keith Krach, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2022 In 1936 Nazi Germany wrote the script for the answer to that question, which communist China has been following in Beijing this winter. Nr Editors, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 Lai Tek’s successor, the long-serving Chinese Malay communist Chin, uncovered the secretary-general’s treachery and ordered his death shortly after World War II. Richard Collett, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Mar. 2022 Saule Omarova, a Cornell Law School professor whom critics painted as a communist after Mr. Biden picked her to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, withdrew her candidacy late last year. New York Times, 15 Mar. 2022 And in Afghanistan, the Soviet Union occupied the country after replacing one Afghan communist with another. Alexander B. Downes, CNN, 27 Feb. 2022 Ahn Hag-sub was a devoted 22-year-old communist serving in a North Korean militia unit. Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2022 Sergei Magnitsky, a tax lawyer rather ironically working for the grandson of the leading American communist Earl Browder, discovered that tax officials had stolen $230 million. David Pryce-jones, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 Shortly afterward, she was accused of being a communist, blacklisted, and moved to Paris. Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of communist

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for communist

see communism

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

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com·​mu·​nist | \ ˈkä-myə-nəst How to pronounce communist (audio) \

Kids Definition of communist

: a person who supports communism

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