communist

noun
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 communistic (audio) , -​yü-​ \ adjective, often capitalized
communistically \ ˌkäm-​yə-​ˈni-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce communistically (audio) , -​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 conviction comes as communist authorities step up a crackdown on dissent. Fox News, "Vietnam jails activist for anti-government posts on Facebook," 25 Sep. 2018 Although the number of people from the communist era still in judicial positions has dwindled, the party says that communist thinking still infects the system. Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, "Poland’s Supreme Court in disarray after judges defy purge," 4 July 2018 But he was assassinated only five years later, in 1978, by communists who then took over in Kabul. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 June 2018 My late grandfather, who was an old-line communist in his day, used to tell me with mixed admiration and regret that FDR had saved capitalism by entrenching institutions that guaranteed broadly shared prosperity. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Top House Democrats join Elizabeth Warren’s push to fundamentally change American capitalism," 14 Dec. 2018 Anybody out there vote -- ever vote for a communist? Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani on McGahn's testimony, origins of Russia probe," 19 Aug. 2018 At the height of his global popularity, between 1963-1965, King defended himself from right-wing attacks that smeared him as a communist, as well as liberal hand-wringing over the accelerating pace of civil rights demonstrations. Peniel E. Joseph, Washington Post, "America’s nonviolent civil rights movement was considered uncivil by critics at the time," 4 July 2018 Trump’s tariff-hiking, winner-picking economic nationalism, which looks to communist China as a model, is an immiserating morass of rank corruption. Will Wilkinson, Vox, "“Socialism” vs. “capitalism” is a false dichotomy," 16 Aug. 2018 The place is currently uninhabited, sitting on the market with a $7.5 million asking price, but for the next 12-odd hours, a plutocrat’s palace would become a communist’s playground. Jonah Weiner, New York Times, "How Boots Riley Infiltrated Hollywood," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of communist

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for communist

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The first known use of communist was in 1840

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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 How to pronounce communist (audio) \

Kids Definition of communist

: a person who supports communism

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