so·​cial·​ist | \ˈsō-sh(ə-)list \

Definition of socialist 

1 : one who advocates or practices socialism

2 capitalized : a member of a party or political group advocating socialism

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Other Words from socialist

socialist adjective often capitalized
socialistic \ ˌsō-​shə-​ˈli-​stik \ adjective
socialistically \ ˌsō-​shə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for socialist


commie, communist, comrade, Red



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Examples of socialist in a Sentence

a lifelong socialist who never lost faith in his cause

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And who are these wild-eyed radicals and socialists? Will Bunch,, "Why they risked everything to Occupy ICE | Will Bunch," 5 July 2018 Many include former socialists who feel ignored by the pro-business focus of Mr. Macron’s first year in office. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "Macron Tries to Shore Up Support for French Economic Overhaul," 9 July 2018 Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic socialist, ran for office with an entirely progressive platform and by rejecting donations from corporate political action committees (PACs)., "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Just Defeated One Of The Most Powerful House Democrats," 27 June 2018 Rather than lamenting this fact, democratic socialists should capitalize on it. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Ocasio-Cortez Proved That ‘Identity Politics’ Is an Asset For Berniecrats," 27 June 2018 But others are welcome: This week’s offering will be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old democratic socialist who unseated the Democratic incumbent in a New York’s 14th congressional district last month. New York Times, "Margaret Hoover and John Avlon on their Post-Partisan Marriage," 11 July 2018 Now, ever since that 28 year old socialist in New York, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez beat Democratic incumbent, of course Joe Cowely, Democrat from leadership number four in the party, the party's old guard has been reeling. Fox News, "Nunes tightens screws in his probe into surveillance abuses," 3 July 2018 There was a big upset in a primary for a congressional seat in New York City, where Joseph Crowley, one of the Democrats’ leaders in the House, was defeated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old socialist. The Economist, "Politics this week," 28 June 2018 The energy in the Democratic Party is self-avowed socialists, open borders. Liz Goodwin,, "Trump’s immigration crackdown gives the left a rallying cry: ‘Abolish ICE’," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of socialist

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of socialist

: a person who believes in socialism

Socialist : a member of a political party that supports socialism


so·​cial·​ist | \ˈsō-shə-list \

Kids Definition of socialist

: a person who supports socialism

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