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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Other Words from leftism

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 Castillo's politics mingle a nationalist, agrarian leftism with socially conservative impulses. Franklin BriceÑo And Regina Garcia Cano, Star Tribune, 18 Apr. 2021 The rioters who burned Kenosha weren’t of any one ethnicity; they were united by their radical leftism. Ron Johnson, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2021 No doubts about the president should undermine the urgency of retaining Republican control of the Senate, which every conservative should now desire as a bulwark against runaway leftism and the destruction of American institutions. The Editors, National Review, 15 Oct. 2020 This book is an expression of the old liberalism, supplanted by leftism and other flavors of illiberalism. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 31 Aug. 2020 But today’s reporters are emerging from cocoons where leftism rules every word of every section. Christian Schneider, National Review, 25 Aug. 2020 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, 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, 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, 16 Apr. 2020

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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 25 Jul. 2021.

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