grou·​pus·​cule grü-ˈpə-ˌskyül How to pronounce groupuscule (audio)
: a small group of political activists

Examples of groupuscule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The romantic was at the fore in his literary criticism but also played a role in his political writing, particularly in his nostalgic view of his youthful activism in a Trotskyist groupuscule at Oxford. Christian Lorentzen, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 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, 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, 6 Apr. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of groupuscule was in 1963

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“Groupuscule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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