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 leftist (audio) \ noun or adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for leftism


left, left wing, liberalism


conservatism, illiberalism, immobilism, right

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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

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The open question is whether this form of identity-building can help Mr. Corbyn overcome in voters’ minds his strident cultural leftism and its corollaries like anti-Semitism. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "How an Accident Could Happen in Britain," 27 Sep. 2018 But his policies are a tougher sell even in this bastion of granola leftism. James Freeman, WSJ, "Has Vermont Had It with Bernienomics?," 21 Feb. 2019 The fall of the Soviet Union reduced American concerns about Latin American leftism. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "The Return of James Monroe," 6 Aug. 2018 But there are signs that the groundswell of hard-leftism is having an effect on more mainstream, national candidates. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Socialism rises in Democratic Party as primary season of upsets comes to close," 18 Sep. 2018 The new university would just try to be the best in the nation—offering a substantial curriculum untainted by mandatory leftism. John Leo, WSJ, "‘The University We Need’ Review: Rethinking College," 18 July 2018 Max had been a brilliant and leading organizer of the Yiddish Bund, a humane form of non-Communist leftism that attracted tens of thousands of adherents in prerevolutionary Russia, Lithuania and Poland. Dagmar Herzog, New York Times, "Surviving Europe’s Horrendous 20th Century," 6 Apr. 2018 Arcata is a Northern California hot spot of trendy leftism that in 1989 prohibited the manufacture or storage of nuclear weapons within city limits. Karl Rove, WSJ, "The Pitchforks Are Out for McKinley," 4 Apr. 2018 The Left has always opposed nationalism because leftism is rooted in class solidarity, not national solidarity. Dennis Prager, National Review, "Leftism Is Not Liberalism," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of leftism

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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