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 leftism (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 La guerre est finie’s two-week revival at Film Forum, distributed by The Film Desk, is a welcome occasion during this period of social mistrust — when film-culture leftism confuses its political stances with its artistic mission. Armond White, National Review, 26 Aug. 2022 Unusually, Sasha mixed the unionist/progressive leftism common to most folk-punk Woody Guthrie fetishists with a radical militancy. Franz Nicolay, SPIN, 8 Mar. 2022 Probably few of the actual rioters consciously associated their conduct with the leftism of another time. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 6 Jan. 2022 Respecting democracy and the Constitution even slightly is now devious leftism in the Republican mind. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 29 June 2021 And yet conservative media are not wrong to lambast the Ivy League as a bastion of leftism. Aron Ravin, National Review, 3 Oct. 2021 The fellowship is part of a broader trend among Jews in progressive spaces who have sought to align aspects of their identity — like political leftism and queerness — with their Judaism. New York Times, 2 Nov. 2021 Others expressed optimism that Grimes’ feigned interest in leftism could help spread the word to her fans. Dani Di Placido, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 Becca Rothfeld, writing in The Point, also saw the leftism as fashionable posturing and seemed sorry that Rooney hadn’t more explicitly punctured it. Caleb Crain, The Atlantic, 10 Aug. 2021 See More

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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 26 Sep. 2022.

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