left·​ish | \ ˈlef-tish How to pronounce leftish (audio) \

Definition of leftish

: showing leftist tendencies or a moderately leftist character

Examples of leftish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mr West predicts that this pattern of defeat will intensify as his peers take an already leftish establishment further to the left. The Economist, "Bagehot Why Conservatives have embraced victimhood," 4 June 2020 Plaid Cymru, a leftish party which advocates Welsh independence and remaining in the EU, has doubled its share of the vote, partly thanks to a strong performance in debates by Adam Price, its new leader. The Economist, "The Tories are well ahead in Wrexham, part of Labour’s “Red Wall”," 5 Dec. 2019 Yet modern liberalism fits the modern world of high human capital better than the old rightish model of dim-witted peasants properly led by the aristocracy or the old leftish model of gormless proletarians properly led by The Party. The Economist, "Open Future The power of liberalism can combat oppression in all its forms," 8 Jan. 2020 Mr Sánchez could do better than in April, if leftish voters opt to punish Podemos. The Economist, "Pedro Sánchez fails to form a coalition in Spain," 25 July 2019 Second, the new commission will have a leftish hue on many big issues. The Economist, "The new European Commission will be the most political yet," 5 Sep. 2019 Progressive on the environment and social cohesion—16 of the 27 commissioners have liberal or leftish political backgrounds—but reactionary on culture-war issues, in other words. The Economist, "Ursula von der Leyen’s new European Commission is a win for France," 10 Sep. 2019 The Institute for Public Policy Research, a leftish think-tank, recently called for more food taxes and for sweets, crisps and soft drinks to be sold in plain packets, as cigarettes already are. The Economist, "Boris Johnson may reverse Britain’s embrace of sin taxes," 4 July 2019 His identification with the poor led him into leftish politics, working as a staff writer for several socialist newspapers across the country. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "‘Publisher for the Masses’ Review: Culture Served in a Blue Wrapper," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of leftish

1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Leftish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leftish. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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