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 What has happened to the military can be explained by reference to two individuals: the late American political scientist Samuel Huntington and the Italian communist Antonio Gramsci. Mackubin Owens, Washington Examiner, "War goes woke," 1 Apr. 2021 The phrase comes from an interview Neel gave to the communist periodical the Daily Worker in 1950. Washington Post, "Alice Neel was the greatest American portraitist of the 20th century. Her work continues to astonish.," 25 Mar. 2021 What is more, as the economy of Hong Kong also shows, China is more tightly coupled with the West than communist Russia ever was. The Economist, "How to deal with China," 20 Mar. 2021 In the 1990s, the remnants of a crumbling Yugoslav state returned the land following the rise to power of Slobodan Milosevic, an atheist communist functionary who had metamorphosed into a champion of Serbian nationalism and the Serb Orthodox Church. New York Times, "At Kosovo Monastery, Nationalist Clamor Disturbs the Peace," 13 Mar. 2021 This would complicate any effort by the United States to intervene in the event Beijing decided to use force against Taiwan, the semi-autonomous democracy that Beijing views as a renegade province that must eventually return to the communist fold. Robert Burns, Star Tribune, "China said to speed up move to more survivable nuclear force," 1 Mar. 2021 Davis, a communist who was arrested as a fugitive in 1970 for her alleged role in assisting a violent attack on a California courthouse that led to four deaths, has become an icon for left-wing revolutionaries. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Pelosi pick to review Capitol security on board of nonprofit organization that praised Angela Davis," 19 Feb. 2021 The decision, which allowed Deutsch to remain an EPP member, came after the lawmaker compared EPP Group leader Weber to the Gestapo and Hungary's communist-era secret police. Justin Spike, Star Tribune, "Hungarian PM threatens to quit conservative political group," 1 Mar. 2021 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

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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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13 Apr 2021

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“Communist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 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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