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


commie, comrade, Red, socialist



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Examples of communist in a Sentence

communists were plotting an overthrow of the government

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Roughly half of Miami residents trace their heritage back to Cuba, which has been a one-party communist dictatorship since Castro seized power in 1959. Zak Hudak, CBS News, "Bill de Blasio says he did not mean to quote Che Guevara at Miami rally," 27 June 2019 To worry about creeping socialism in America is patently ridiculous and reminiscent of the paranoid 1950s when there was supposed to be a communist behind every bush. WSJ, "Debating Whether Democrats Are Socialists," 21 Mar. 2019 Caputova, who was born in 1973, grew up thinking that communist rule could never last. Marc Santora,, "Slovakia’s first female president, Zuzana Caputova, takes office in a divided country," 15 June 2019 The Korean War, Vietnam War, and a number of other armed conflicts, during which both sides either funded one side of the war or fought directly against a communist or capitalist force, are all considered Cold War proxies. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "What was the Cold War?," 22 Mar. 2019 My dad was in the Greek Army in the mountains of Albania against the Italians and Germans, and years later in hand-to-hand civil war against the Greek communists, cousin against cousin, village against village, fighting not against strangers. John Kass,, "Silent soldiers of WWII and the memories they left behind," 7 June 2019 The opposition argues the 1989 vote, in which Poles chose Solidarity candidates over communists, was a milestone event that peacefully turned Poland into a European democracy. Washington Post, "Poland’s democracy anniversary marred by political divisions," 5 June 2019 In the film, Hughes plays Leo, a young German communist, and the titular Joan's first love. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Watch Victoria's Tom Hughes in an Exclusive New Clip of the WWII Spy Drama Red Joan," 19 Apr. 2019 The issue of bishop nominations had been the main stumbling block to restoring diplomatic relations that were severed nearly seven decades ago when the Chinese communists came to power. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pope acknowledges China bishop deal will cause suffering," 25 Sep. 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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The first known use of communist was in 1840

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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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