fellow traveler


Definition of fellow traveler

: a person who sympathizes with and often furthers the ideals and program of an organized group (such as the Communist party) without membership in the group or regular participation in its activities broadly : a sympathetic supporter of another's cause

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Examples of fellow traveler in a Sentence

I struck up a conversation with one of my fellow travelers. He was not a member of the Communist Party or even a fellow traveler.

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Viewers are put in the position of voyeurs—not fellow travelers on her spiritual quest. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future’ Review: Modernism’s Missing Link?," 13 Oct. 2018 The optics of the president and first lady appearing at the scene to reject such violence is a crucial image for the world and those who are fellow travelers in such hatred. WSJ, "Millennia Late: Time to End Anti-Semitism," 1 Nov. 2018 The return of a Cold War-style confrontation between the U.S. and Russia has also heralded a comeback for one of that conflict’s prominent characters: Western fellow travelers—or, as critics call them, useful idiots. James Marson, WSJ, "An American Heavyweight Infiltrates Russian Politics—and the Russians Are All for It," 30 Sep. 2018 Getty Update, 8/4: While Auntie Pippa was taking the escalator at Heathrow Airport, a fellow traveler standing behind her got a good look at her phone's lock screen. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "Just Guess Whose Picture Pippa Middleton Uses as Her Phone's Lock Screen," 4 Aug. 2015 Indeed, along with love for one’s fellow traveler, having a good time is about the only reasonable response that thousands of years of human philosophizing has put in our personal quivers. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "It's 'Waiting for Godot,' yes, but it's funny, masterfully done and truly Irish," 25 May 2018 Flustered, the fellow traveler denied snooping and backed away. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Forget the Hackers, Watch Out for the Phone Snoopers Over Your Shoulder," 9 May 2018 Maybe that’s because sunlight streaming through a passenger-car window bounces on and off a fellow traveler the way the light of a movie screen flickers across the audience. Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, "A year later, still thinking about a stranger met on a train," 9 July 2018 Gevers and Arthur had first encountered each other in 2011 as fellow travelers of Patri Friedman, who had employed Gevers on a project to build a libertarian-minded charter city in Honduras. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of fellow traveler

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fellow traveler

translation of Russian poputchik

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English Language Learners Definition of fellow traveler

: someone who is traveling in the same group or on the same train, airplane, etc., as you
: someone who shares the opinions and beliefs of the people in a group or organization (especially the Communist Party) but does not belong to that group or organization

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