scientific socialism

noun

Definition of scientific socialism

: socialism associated chiefly with Marxians and based principally upon a belief that historical forces (as economic determinism and the class struggle) determine usually by violent means the achievement of socialist goals — compare utopian socialism

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First Known Use of scientific socialism

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Scientific socialism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scientific%20socialism. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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