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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the candidate's opponents are working overtime to paint him as a champion of extreme leftism
Recent Examples on the Web The rioters who burned Kenosha weren’t of any one ethnicity; they were united by their radical leftism. Ron Johnson, WSJ, "I Won’t Be Silenced by the Left," 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, "The Task Ahead," 15 Oct. 2020 This book is an expression of the old liberalism, supplanted by leftism and other flavors of illiberalism. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Against Disunion," 31 Aug. 2020 But today’s reporters are emerging from cocoons where leftism rules every word of every section. Christian Schneider, National Review, "Campus Newspapers Provide a Preview of the New Woke Newsroom," 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, "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

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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 17 Apr. 2021.

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