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 \ adjective
left-winger \ˈleft-​ˈwiŋ-​ər \ 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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Her success passing the Affordable Care Act in 2010 has won her legions of supporters on the party’s left wing, especially as President Donald Trump and the Republicans have tried to repeal the health care law. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "House progressives are getting ready to fight off Nancy Pelosi’s challengers.," 21 Nov. 2018 The deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee and one of the most liberal members of Congress, Ellison is a celebrated figure among the left wing of the party. Lisa Lerer, The Seattle Times, "Primary night takeaways: Diverse Democrats and Trump wins," 14 Aug. 2018 James has also favored shooting on the left wing (425 baskets) and left block (508). Nathaniel Cline, cleveland.com, "LeBron's 30,000: Where has he hit his shots from?," 19 Jan. 2018 The Seattle Thunderbirds acquired defenseman Loeden Schaufler and draft picks from the Kootenay Ice in exchange for left wing Eric Fawkes. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Washington State president Kirk Schulz named to Playoff’s Board of Managers," 8 Oct. 2018 During his spell at Newcastle last season, Kenedy scored two goals in 13 games from his left wing-back position. SI.com, "Chelsea Starlet Kenedy Set to Re-Join Newcastle on Loan Following Successful Spell in the North East," 9 July 2018 David Perron, left wing: The Flyers need scoring at left wing, and the 30-year-old Perron would fit the bill. Sam Carchidi, Philly.com, "Flyers enter NHL free agency with the cap space, here are the players they might be considering | Sam Carchidi," 29 June 2018 The Democratic candidates for governor are gambling on education this year, making it their top priority and promoting ideas that just four years ago might have seemed left wing. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "Education: Democrats running for governor say it's the top issue for voters," 26 May 2018 Several other candidates are also more left wing than party leaders. Robert Mccartney, Washington Post, "In what should be a good year, Md. Democrats struggle in governor’s race," 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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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