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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Dershowitz’s goes on to compare his ostracism to McCarthyism, the government sponsored anti-communist purge that saw thousands of alleged communists to lose their careers in the early 1950s. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Is Alan Dershowitz really a victim of Martha’s Vineyard McCarthyism?," 3 July 2018 Peterson was the first female CIA case officer to work in the communist-era Soviet Union. Scott Johnson, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Americans' Cast and Crew Talk Espionage Tricks With CIA Spies," 31 May 2018 The hardline party is vehemently opposed to NATO and has friendly ties with the ruling communists in Cuba, China and North Korea. Washington Post, "New Czech government wins confidence vote in Parliament," 11 July 2018 Born into a well-off family near Shanghai, Chiang fled the city with her children in 1949 when the communists took power. Jessica Meyers, latimes.com, "P.F. Chang's comes to Shanghai, but can you really sell American Chinese food to the country that invented the wok?," 25 May 2018 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

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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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