left·​ism ˈlef-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce leftism (audio)
: the principles and views of the left
also : the movement embodying these principles
: advocacy of or adherence to the doctrines of the left
leftist noun or adjective

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 During his first term, Netanyahu connected his domestic and international agendas by blaming the leftism of Israel’s old elite for the country’s foreign policy mistakes. Aluf Benn, Foreign Affairs, 8 June 2016 And Republicans, who have long criticized universities as fortresses of liberalism and leftism, now have allies among the many congressional Democrats who remain supportive of Israel, as well as many of the universities’ own donors, administrators and trustees. Charles Homans Gabra Zackman Anna Diamond Quinton Kamara, New York Times, 29 May 2024 To combat leftism in America, conservatives would need to wage a much broader war. Nicholas Confessore, New York Times, 20 Jan. 2024 Republican audiences by and large have come to associate fascists and Nazis with ideological leftism. Time, 22 Aug. 2023 See all Example Sentences for leftism 

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of leftism was in 1880

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“Leftism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leftism. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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