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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Their fellow travelers band together at early-morning sober Daybreaker raves, held in 25 cities around the country. Alex Williams, New York Times, "The New Sobriety," 15 June 2019 His tensions with his fellow travelers may seem just another classic instance of the comically esoteric arguments that are the obsessive currency of the fringe left. Matthew Zeitlin, The New Republic, "Bernie’s Red Vermont," 13 June 2019 Their latest tour hit St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday and about 15,000 fans showed up for a breezy evening of late ’80s/early ’90s nostalgia with some help from fellow travelers Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty by Nature. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "New Kids on the Block keep Xcel Energy crowd on their feet with infectious, campy energy," 11 June 2019 The little difference makes a big difference, emphasizing collaboration over the economy of the gift, suggesting that the poet and his company are fellow travelers, in the same time zone, alongside each other in the present tense of composition. Ben Lerner, Harper's magazine, "Resistances," 10 Jan. 2019 Perhaps Frum and his fellow travelers in the Never Trump movement have compelling answers to Cotlar’s critique. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "A historian explains how mainstream conservatives made Trump," 13 Aug. 2018 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

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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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fellow traveler


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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