so·​cial·​ist ˈsō-sh(ə-)list How to pronounce socialist (audio)
: one who advocates or practices socialism
capitalized : a member of a party or political group advocating socialism
socialist adjective often capitalized
socialistic adjective
socialistically adverb

Examples of socialist in a Sentence

a lifelong socialist who never lost faith in his cause
Recent Examples on the Web The socialists were Claudia De la Cruz, of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and Jasmine Sherman, of the Unicorn Party. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 Only socialists ranked lower among poll respondents. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 10 Mar. 2024 Wagner’s a socialist; the F1 paddock is a scene of ultrawealth. Longreads, 8 Mar. 2024 In addition to targeting Korean residents, Japanese socialists and hundreds of Chinese immigrants were also killed during the attacks. Takehiko Kambayashi, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Sep. 2023 Whether or not politicians align with the democratic socialists or hard-line activists, if Israel hawks see them as a threat, the attack ads will follow. Ross Barkan, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Since taking the helm of Labour in 2020, leader Keir Starmer has steered the social democratic party back toward the political middle ground after the divisive tenure of predecessor Jeremy Corbyn, a staunch socialist who advocated nationalization of key industries and infrastructure. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 13 Feb. 2024 The Philosopher-Lawyer in the Arena With the revolution accomplished, even before the socialists were suppressed, the next order of business was creating the French Second Republic. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 28 Dec. 2023 While socialists in other parts of the world sought complete control over the means of production in the early 20th century, the socialists who gained traction in Sweden took a more lagom tack. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of socialist was in 1822

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“Socialist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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