grou·​pus·​cule | \ grü-ˈpə-ˌskyül How to pronounce groupuscule (audio) \

Definition of groupuscule

: a small group of political activists

Examples of groupuscule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The head of the Policy Unit, Munira Mirza, is a former member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, a Trotskyite groupuscule, and enthusiastic contributor to its house organ, Living Marxism. The Economist, "The Downing Street Policy Unit, Boris Johnson’s brain," 22 Aug. 2019 See the special issue of Patterns of Prejudice 36:3 (July 2002) on radical right groupuscules, put together by Roger Griffin. 8. Robert O. Paxton, Slate Magazine, "The Future of Fascism," 6 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of groupuscule

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for groupuscule

French, from groupe group + -uscule (as in corpuscule corpuscle)

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“Groupuscule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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