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 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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Voters need to understand the fundamental differences between liberalism and leftism. John Broich, The Conversation, "The difference between ‘left’ and ‘liberal’ – and why voters need to know," 30 July 2019 But university campuses have always been bastions of leftism. Sahil Handa, National Review, "What Conservatives Get Wrong about the Campus Wars," 4 July 2019 All these ideas would have seemed like fringy leftism to mainstream Democrats just four years ago. The Economist, "Andrew Yang, prophet of doom," 21 June 2019 With the handful of exceptions that accompany every generalization, leftism makes people meaner, even crueler. Dennis Prager, National Review, "Leftism Makes People Meaner," 11 June 2019 Whether the electorate is ready to appreciate or deeply consider distinctions within and between liberalism and leftism is another question. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Two Paths for the American Left," 18 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of leftism

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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