socialist

noun
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for socialist

Synonyms

commie, communist, comrade, Red

Antonyms

capitalist

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Examples of socialist in a Sentence

a lifelong socialist who never lost faith in his cause

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Who decided that this is a privilege reserved for socialists? Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Is Poverty Necessary?," 10 June 2019 Congress’s two loudest socialists are teaming up to take on credit-card companies—while applying their familiar analytical skills to the economics. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Bernie and AOC Are a Credit Risk," 13 May 2019 Those senators aren't calling themselves democratic socialists but also not disassociating themselves from the movement's priorities. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "James Comey warns Democrats against socialism: 'Please, please don't lose your minds'," 2 Oct. 2018 In the solidly Democratic 9th District, Rep. Adam Smith, a longtime congressman with a top position on the House Armed Services Committee, is facing a primary challenge from Sarah Smith, a democratic socialist. Maggie Astor, The Seattle Times, "5 states are voting today. Here’s what to watch.," 7 Aug. 2018 And why Democratic socialists could be leading you towards the path of Trump getting re-elected. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Fans Flipped Out on Meghan McCain and Joy Behar After Their Heated Fight," 3 Apr. 2019 If the collapse of the Soviet Union, decades of economic stagnation in Cuba and the destruction of Venezuela’s economy weren’t teachable moments for young (and old) socialists, a business misstep by Airbus won’t change socialist hearts and minds. WSJ, "Demise of Airbus 380 As a Socialist Failure," 26 Feb. 2019 By saying as little as possible on Brexit, Mr. Corbyn, a 69-year-old socialist, has managed to appeal to both sets of voters. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "U.K. Labour Party Faces Its Own Brexit Test," 22 Sep. 2018 Salazar, a 27-year-old democratic socialist, beat Democratic incumbent Martin Dilan on September 13 for the democratic nomination for state senator. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Cynthia Nixon May Have Lost to Andrew Cuomo in New York's Primary, But the Push Left Lives On," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of socialist

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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socialist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of socialist

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

socialist

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

Kids Definition of socialist

: a person who supports socialism

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