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
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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of socialist was in 1822

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“Socialist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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