so·​cial·​ist | \ ˈsō-sh(ə-)list How to pronounce socialist (audio) \

Definition of socialist

1 : one who advocates or practices socialism
2 capitalized : a member of a party or political group advocating socialism

Other Words from socialist

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

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Examples of socialist in a Sentence

a lifelong socialist who never lost faith in his cause
Recent Examples on the Web Bitcoin is private property, something for which Petro, a socialist, has not shown much respect. Frank Holmes, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 George Bernard Shaw, the playwright, essayist, and co-founder of the London School of Economics, attributed his becoming a socialist to hearing George give a speech in London in 1882. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 4 Apr. 2022 Stalin was in the audience, along with foreign delegates such as Palmiro Togliatti, a leader of the Italian Communist Party, and Ho Chi Minh, then a young Vietnamese socialist, who had travelled to Moscow on a fake Chinese passport. The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2021 Regular columnists include Malcolm Kyeyune, a Swedish socialist currently affiliated with Oikos, a think tank founded by the former leader of the Sweden Democrats, a right-wing populist-nationalist party. New York Times, 22 Mar. 2022 Minna, something of a champagne socialist, judges the nearby establishments too bourgeois. Claire Messud, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Mar. 2022 These experiences led Orwell to identify as a socialist and member of the British political left. Mark Satta, The Conversation, 14 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, Fabian’s best friend, a Ph.D. candidate and Champagne socialist named Labude (Albrecht Schuch), frets about his thesis even as he gets drawn away from academia by debauchery. Kyle Smith, National Review, 9 Mar. 2022 Progressives see in leftist Honduran President Xiomara Castro a unique opportunity to impose their socialist, woke agenda on the conservative Central American nation. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 6 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of socialist

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Socialist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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so·​cial·​ist | \ ˈsō-shə-list How to pronounce socialist (audio) \

Kids Definition of socialist

: a person who supports socialism

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