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


commie, communist, comrade, Red



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Examples of socialist in a Sentence

a lifelong socialist who never lost faith in his cause

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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 Candidates inspired by Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic socialist, and Sanders have been roundly defeated in several races nationally, even in heavily liberal districts that would seem most sympathetic to their ideology. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Bernie Sanders-inspired challenger routed in Rhode Island gubernatorial race; pro-Trump candidate gets GOP nod," 12 Sep. 2018 But the debate isn’t merely between left-wing socialists and right-wing capitalists. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "American Capitalism Is Fine, Thank You," 11 Mar. 2019 The counterprotesters included labor-union members, immigrant-rights advocates, democratic socialists and anti-fascists, some in black garb with neon-green masks. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Heavy police presence as Patriot Prayer group rallies in Portland, Oregon," 5 Aug. 2018 The article comes after a rough few days for democratic socialists. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Democratic socialist writer levels with voters: We want to ‘end capitalism’," 2 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of socialist

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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