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

Definition of leftish

: showing leftist tendencies or a moderately leftist character

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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 The Democratic Party hasn’t been overtly supportive of its leftish dissidents. WSJ, "No Tea Party on the Democrats’ Left Wing," 12 Sep. 2018 Some color has been added, [like] red—that’s very in keeping with our more leftish way of looking at the world in terms of our political (but still very inclusive) message. Vogue, "Meet Pauline Black, the Originator of “Rude Girl” Style and Duro Olowu’s Latest Muse," 5 June 2018 If, as expected, the party enjoys a wave of victories in the mid-terms, another predicts its ranks will be swelled by many new moderates, who would peg back the leftish ideologues and further expand the party’s reach. The Economist, "The last of the moderates," 1 Feb. 2018 Some leftish critics call that a fantasy, normalising Trump support. The Economist, "A new season of “Roseanne” for the Trump era," 5 Apr. 2018 The United States government knows where to find them, notes Tom Jawetz of the Centre for American Progress, a leftish think-tank. The Economist, "How will El Salvador cope with deportees from America?," 11 Jan. 2018 More important, the Christian Union, an economically leftish and culturally conservative party, is strongly opposed. The Economist, "Three’s companyThe Netherlands may let children have more than two legal parents," 31 Aug. 2017 Then the leftish Guardian and BBC—two British organizations that are hardly Mensch’s natural allies—seemed to confirm the story, and suddenly the roadkill was cantering down the highway for all to see and Trump to claim as his pet. Henry Porter, The Hive, "Is Louise Mensch Really the Root of This Trump Fiasco?," 8 Mar. 2017

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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