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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However, Aubameyang played from the left wing for much of the game and was largely ineffective until moving into a central area in the closing stages of the contest. SI.com, "Jose Mourinho Reveals How Arsenal Can Get the Best Out of Exciting Front Three," 2 Sep. 2019 Both have embraced ideas for single-payer health care, education and other programs popular on the left wing of the party. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "CNN sets night-by-night lineup for July 30-31 Democratic debates in Detroit," 19 July 2019 Late in the game, England went to a 4-3-3 with Parris going to the left wing. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "A closer look at how the US stopped England in the World Cup semifinals," 2 July 2019 Purdy in Dissent calls on activists to take up the national tradition that goes back to Radical Reconstruction, the left wing of the New Deal, and civil rights. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy and Its Discontents," 6 June 2019 Rashford started on the left wing in the 4-0 win over Bulgaria at the weekend and already has 33 senior England caps to his name, despite being just 21 years of age. SI.com, "Jadon Sancho Tipped to Start for England Against Kosovo Ahead of Marcus Rashford," 10 Sep. 2019 His best position is on the left wing where Diego Rossi, another Uruguayan LAFC signed as a 19-year-old, plays. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "LAFC’s season of dominance continues in victory over Red Bulls," 11 Aug. 2019 Olivia Coleman and her ‘distinctly left wing face’. 😱😱😱😱🤪 by Charles Moore. Nick Levine, refinery29.com, "The Ridiculous Reason Olivia Colman's Face Has Been Called Wrong For The Crown," 24 Aug. 2019 In today’s Democratic party, the moderate wing is largely black and Hispanic, while the more radical left wing is disproportionately white. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Joe Biden, Designated White Guy," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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