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

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Other Words from socialist

socialist adjective, often capitalized
socialistic \ ˌsō-​shə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce socialistic (audio) \ adjective
socialistically \ ˌsō-​shə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce socialistically (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 But party insiders and pundits will resist that label because of another one that Sanders wears: Democratic socialist. Arnessa Garrett, Dallas News, "Concerns about Sanders’ socialism, Trump impeachment trial winners, church shooting drills, lawsuit over Dallas park plan," 11 Feb. 2020 When the moderator asked whether any of the candidates would have a problem with a democratic socialist as their party's presidential nominee, only Klobuchar raised her hand. Anchorage Daily News, "Front-runners Buttigieg and Sanders beat back debate attacks," 8 Feb. 2020 Was this a case of economic illiteracy on the part of Warren and her fellow quasi-socialists who seem to be driving the Democratic debate? David Winston, Twin Cities, "David Winston: Elizabeth Warren’s big bad idea: Taxing our way to prosperity," 15 Dec. 2019 Morales’s socialists were accused of stealing an election. Washington Post, "After Morales’ resignation, a question for Bolivia: Was this the democratic will, or a coup?," 11 Nov. 2019 Sanders, a 78-year-old socialist, witnessed some early success in the Democratic presidential primary on Monday after winning the popular vote during the first counting of the Iowa caucuses. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "‘Actually scary’: Ontario premier laments Bernie Sanders embrace of socialism," 8 Feb. 2020 The Democratic party has moved left overall since 2016, even as the primary still features a raging debate between moderates, progressives, and socialists about its overall platform. NBC News, "5 policy fights that have defined the Democratic presidential race so far," 2 Feb. 2020 Acknowledging this fact does not require us to become theocrats or fascists in the state, nor socialists in the economy. Declan Leary, National Review, "Marco Rubio’s Unpersuasive Critics," 19 Nov. 2019 The race will decide whether the council is dominated by socialists and extremely liberal Democrats or more centrist ones. CBS News, "Amazon spends big bucks to remake Seattle's liberal City Council," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of socialist

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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25 Feb 2020

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“Socialist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of socialist

: a person who believes in socialism
: a member of a political party that supports socialism


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

Kids Definition of socialist

: a person who supports socialism

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