com·​mu·​nist ˈkäm-yə-nist How to pronounce communist (audio)
: an adherent or advocate of communism
capitalized : communard
capitalized : a member of a Communist party or movement
often capitalized : an adherent or advocate of a Communist government, party, or movement
often capitalized : one held to engage in left-wing, subversive, or revolutionary activities
communist adjective often capitalized
communistic adjective often capitalized
communistically adverb

Examples of communist in a Sentence

communists were plotting an overthrow of the government
Recent Examples on the Web Apple, for instance, has weathered years of critiques about its relationship to the Chinese government; no reasonable person has ever suggested this hinges on Tim Cook being a secret communist. Adi Robertson, The Verge, 31 Jan. 2024 Meanwhile, in France, Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s once-trendy anti-Zionism has marked the communists for political death. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 19 Jan. 2024 A lot of people became fascists, and a lot of people became communists. Thalia Beaty, Fortune, 19 Dec. 2023 These are almost direct quotes from Hitler’s description of Jews, communists, gays, Blacks, the mentally and physically disabled, and anyone who believed in democracy. Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, Sun Sentinel, 13 Jan. 2024 The suits combined that evidence with a potpourri of baseless claims, including that rogue actors from Iran and China, as well as Venezuelan communists, played a hidden role in rigging machines. Amy Gardner, Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2024 As Kennan saw it, the threat to the U.S.-Soviet balance of power if the communists came to power in Vietnam was exaggerated, and communism was in any case nothing but a screen: far more important and influential were the nationalist forces that were gaining strength in that country. Andrei Kolesnikov, Foreign Affairs, 20 Sep. 2023 The most common red flag for men — with nearly two-thirds agreeing — is if a partner identifies as a communist, according to a Change Research survey published in September. Isabelle McDonnell, Fox News, 15 Dec. 2023 The welcome included a dinner at the royal palace, during which the king unloaded his standard speech about how Jews and communists were working together to destroy civilization. Thomas W. Lippman, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


see communism

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of communist was in 1840

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“Communist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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com·​mu·​nist ˈkäm-yə-nəst How to pronounce communist (audio)
: a person who believes in communism
capitalized : a member or follower of a Communist party or movement
communist adjective often capitalized
communistic adjective often capitalized

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