popular front


often capitalized P&F
: a coalition especially of leftist political parties against a common opponent
specifically : one sponsored and dominated by Communists as a device for gaining power

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The third option, and popular front-runner, calls for doing everything as an approximately $6 billion project. Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel, 4 Sep. 2022 That had the effect of uniting the left, center left, and a decent portion of the center right in a popular front against Trump. Damon Linker, The Week, 15 Oct. 2021 But that doesn't mean the popular front strategy solves the problem that right-wing populism poses to liberal democracies around the world. Damon Linker, The Week, 15 Oct. 2021 In Spain, anti-fascist tactics and solidarity were put to the test in 1936, when a military coup tested the solidarity among working and middle class groups who were organized as a board based popular front against fascism. James Stout, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 June 2020 At least, that is, until Saturday, when the president invited speculation that the old popular front is still operational. Jonah Goldberg, Alaska Dispatch News, 16 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of popular front was in 1935

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“Popular front.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/popular%20front. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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