left wing


Definition of left wing

1 : the leftist division of a group (such as a political party)

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Other Words from left wing

left-wing \ ˈleft-​ˈwiŋ How to pronounce left-wing (audio) \ adjective
left-winger \ ˈleft-​ˈwiŋ-​ər How to pronounce left-winger (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for left wing


left, leftism, liberalism


conservatism, illiberalism, immobilism, right

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Examples of left wing in a Sentence

His nomination is supported by the party's left wing but opposed by the right wing. the left wing has lost considerable influence in the party, which is now aggressively courting political moderates

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The legislation is only the second bill to be introduced by Ocasio-Cortez, an influential first-term congresswoman from New York and a leader of the Democratic Party's left wing. Stephanie Ramirez, CBS News, "Kamala Harris, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez team up on housing bill," 10 July 2019 Slotted mainly as Charlie Coyle’s third-line left wing, Johansson had a strong postseason, cobbling together a 4-7—11 line in 22 playoff games. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Marcus Johansson signs two-year deal with Buffalo Sabres," 6 July 2019 Hoppenot took advantage of the opportunity as Luke Spencer found Brian Ownby on a run down the left wing. David Harten, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City FC comes back to beat Nashville SC on late goal from Hoppenot," 6 July 2019 That their left wing groups have hijacked the judicial nomination process from the American people. Fox News, "Alan Dershowitz: Kavanaugh accuser must speak first," 21 Sep. 2018 But with the left wing revitalized in the Democratic Party, and fat cats running amok among Republicans, my cadre of capitalists, ready to compete vigorously and creatively on level ground, is politically homeless. David Von Drehle, The Denver Post, "Von Drehle: How Democrats can respond when President Trump cries socialism," 23 June 2019 Harris hit Savannah Wheeler on the left wing for a 3 to push Kentucky ahead of Indiana, 53-52, in the third quarter. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky girls hit from long range, rally to beat Indiana in annual all-star game," 7 June 2019 The Canadiens and Coyotes have agreed to a deal that wil send center Alex Galchenyuk from Montreal to Arizona for left wing Max Domi, the teams announced Friday. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Canadiens Trade Alex Galchenyuk to Coyotes for Max Domi," 15 June 2018 Andretti and Cogan were out of the race, Foyt’s front left wing was damaged. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Here are the six best Indy 500s ever — by generation," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of left wing

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of left wing

: the part of a political group that consists of people who support liberal or socialist ideas and policies : the part of a political group that belongs to or supports the Left

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