communist

noun
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

Synonyms

commie, comrade, Red, socialist

Antonyms

capitalist

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Examples of communist in a Sentence

communists were plotting an overthrow of the government

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The island split from China in 1949, the result of a bloody civil war, and the old Republic of China government fled to the island after communist forces won victory on the mainland. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Taiwan is Reverse-Engineering Fighter Jet Engines To Power a Cruise Missile," 3 Jan. 2019 Koziol, however, blames Poland's post-war communist rule for Hlond's reticence. Fox News, "Polish priest set for sainthood criticized for anti-Semitism," 4 July 2018 Koziol, however, blames Poland’s post-war communist rule for Hlond’s reticence. Washington Post, "Polish priest set for sainthood criticized for anti-Semitism," 4 July 2018 But one reason earlier presidents couldn’t break the taboo of going to China was that hardline anti-communists, led by Nixon himself, would attack any such move as a sign of weakness. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Trump Goes to North Korea. Or Not.," 20 Apr. 2018 Taking off from neighboring countries, CIA U-2s would fly over the airspace of communist bloc countries, taking thousands of pictures of the ground below. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The CIA Gave U-2 Pilots a Special Diet So They Wouldn't Have To Poop," 18 Oct. 2018 The Luxembourg transmitter was powerful enough to reach nearly everywhere in communist East Germany. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘Burning Down the Haus’ Review: East German Punks," 20 Sep. 2018 The wildly popular character of Tabby — an anarcho-communist trans cat-girl who sports an ANTIFA patch and wields a baseball bat to smash capitalism — began life as a caricature of radicals that Wynn felt weren’t strategically minded enough. Katherine Cross, The Verge, "The Oscar Wilde of YouTube fights the alt-right with decadence and seduction," 24 Aug. 2018 For several years, Joe McCarthy’s paranoid ravings about the communist conspiracy held Washington in a state of terror. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Is Going to Lose His War on Football," 5 June 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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communist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of communist

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

communist

noun
com·​mu·​nist | \ ˈkä-myə-nəst \

Kids Definition of communist

: a person who supports communism

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