left·​ism | \ ˈlef-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce leftism (audio) \

Definition of leftism

1 : the principles and views of the left also : the movement embodying these principles
2 : advocacy of or adherence to the doctrines of the left

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leftist \ ˈlef-​tist How to pronounce leftist (audio) \ noun or adjective

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Examples of leftism in a Sentence

the candidate's opponents are working overtime to paint him as a champion of extreme leftism
Recent Examples on the Web For decades, Democratic leaders have avoided any proposals that smack of actual leftism, instead preferring to present anodyne policies to supposedly change-weary voters. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Jamaal Bowman and the Democratic Insurgency That Could Help Save the Planet," 24 June 2020 While many moderate Democrats blanch at the full-throated leftism of Mr. Sanders’s policies, few in the party actually dislike the senator himself. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Bernie Sanders Is on the Rise. But How High Can His Numbers Go?," 11 Mar. 2020 But the campaign has to walk a fine line, trying to draw Sanders supporters while bashing him for infecting Biden with leftism. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump campaign coaxing votes from Sanders populists while telling the Left it's OK to hate Biden," 16 Apr. 2020 Labour has dominated Wales for a century, underpinned by seats like the Rhondda Valley, a bastion of working-class leftism. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "As UK sets poll date, a voter’s dilemma: Vote on party, or vote on Brexit?," 30 Oct. 2019 This place built and maintained by Bill Buckley — its mandate to defend and expand conservatism, to hound and excoriate leftism, entrusted by Bill to us — remains vital. Jack Fowler, National Review, "Time to Mann Up," 8 Oct. 2019 Class reductive leftism is a figment of the political imagination roused by those who have made their peace with neoliberalism. Adolph Reed Jr., The New Republic, "The Myth of Class Reductionism," 25 Sep. 2019 Despite his sometimes sentimental leftism, David Maraniss has written a thoughtful, poignant and historically valuable story of the Red Scare of the 1950s as experienced by one American family. Ronald Radosh, WSJ, "‘A Good American Family’ Review: Ensnared by the Scare," 19 June 2019 Voters need to understand the fundamental differences between liberalism and leftism. John Broich, The Conversation, "The difference between ‘left’ and ‘liberal’ – and why voters need to know," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of leftism

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Leftism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leftism. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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