democratic centralism


: a principle of Communist party organization by which members take part in policy discussions and elections at all levels but must follow decisions made at higher levels

Examples of democratic centralism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though it’s made to look like fun, the TikTok hawks warn us, the app is infested with micro-spies from China (who may or may not be using our finger-dancing moves to bolster Leninist democratic centralism). The Economist, 13 Nov. 2020

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Word History


translation of Russian demokratičeskij centralizm

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of democratic centralism was in 1926

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“Democratic centralism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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