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

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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 Ties began to deteriorate in 2017, when the Trump administration not only levied punishing economic sanctions on the communist-run government but curtailed permission for US citizens to travel to the island. Patrick Oppmann, CNN, "Could Trump's exit make it easier for Cuba to fight drug crime?," 9 Dec. 2020 Where others saw a leader of the highest order, J. Edgar Hoover's FBI saw a suspect -- a potential communist and a threat to white America. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "'MLK/FBI' probes when bureau bugged Martin Luther King Jr.," 14 Jan. 2021 Despite the long struggle for freedom and equality in the U.S., the FBI entertained suspicions that King was a communist. Will Coviello,, "'MLK/FBI' details J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI's surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr.," 11 Jan. 2021 While Philby, Burgess and Maclean became theoretical Marxists in the 1930s after joining the Apostles, a secret debating society at Cambridge, Mr. Blake became a committed communist after seeing war in Europe and Asia and serving as a British agent. New York Times, "George Blake, British Spy Who Betrayed the West, Dies at 98," 26 Dec. 2020 In that role, Moulin pulled together French patriots from all walks of life – and from far right to communist — to disrupt the Nazis and support the Allies before, during and after the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. Phil Davison, Washington Post, "Daniel Cordier, French Resistance hero, dies at 100," 23 Nov. 2020 The movie suggests that Mank was ostracized in Hollywood for voicing his support of Upton Sinclair (Bill Nye), who was painted by the media as a communist. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Historians fact-check 'Mank': Who really wrote 'Citizen Kane?' And does 'Rosebud' have a hidden meaning?," 5 Dec. 2020 Contreras’ account hinted at suspicious, previously unknown connections between Oswald and communist Cuba made shortly before JFK’s assassination. Gonzalo Soltero, The Conversation, "JFK conspiracy theory is debunked in Mexico 57 years after Kennedy assassination," 19 Nov. 2020 This year has stood out, second-generation Vietnamese-Americans said in interviews, because of a flood of misinformation targeting older Vietnamese voters in the form of videos in Vietnamese that have cast Mr. Biden as a communist. Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, "A New Political Force Emerges in Georgia: Asian-American Voters," 25 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of communist was in 1840

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24 Feb 2021

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“Communist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of communist

: a person who believes in communism or is a member of a political party that supports communism


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

Kids Definition of communist

: a person who supports communism

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