com·mu·nist | \ ˈkäm-yə-nist , -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, -yü- \ adjective often capitalized
communistically \ˌkäm-yə-ˈni-sti-k(ə-)lē, -yü- \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for communist


commie, comrade, Red, socialist



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Examples of communist in a Sentence

communists were plotting an overthrow of the government

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On Monday, the Vinson became the first American aircraft carrier to visit Vietnam since communist forces won the war in 1975, at the head of a task force of 6,000 personnel coming in peace. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "U.S. Carrier Marks New Vietnam Ties With Port Call at Former War Site," 5 Mar. 2018 During the Laotian Civil War, the CIA recruited Hmong and Lao soldiers to fight with against communist forces. NBC News, "'Secret war' veterans ask Congress for national cemetery burials," 12 Jan. 2018 Many of the players on the Croatian team were born in communist Yugoslavia in the 1980s. Larry Wolff, WSJ, "Croatia Offers Redemption for Eastern Europe," 13 July 2018 PiS officials claim the judicial reforms are needed to fight corruption and rid the courts of communist-era influence. Kristen Chick, The Christian Science Monitor, "By staying on the job, Poland's top judge fights the right-wing government," 13 July 2018 With an eye toward communist expansion aided by the Soviet Union, the U.S., Canada and 10 other nations decided a system of collective defense was in every members’ best interests. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "What is NATO and why is Donald Trump slamming it?," 12 July 2018 A year later Cambodia fell to the communist Khmer Rouge. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, "Behind the Bar, Mixing Drinks With Aid for a Faraway Home," 9 July 2018 Throughout his career he has been accused of conspiratorial thinking, subjected to anti-semitic insults (from Eugene McCarthy’s wife, for example), and suspected of communist sympathies. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Seymour Hersh Weekly," 1 June 2018 In March Mr Duda broke ranks and vetoed a bill which would allow communist-era soldiers to be stripped of rank. The Economist, "Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party is doing lasting damage," 21 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of communist

: a person who supports communism

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