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 socialist (audio) \ adjective
socialistically \ ˌsō-​shə-​ˈli-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce socialist (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 Yet, Yellen is not a Bernie Sanders-style socialist. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "From picks to policy: Here's what Biden's key appointments mean for his administration," 24 Dec. 2020 In 2013, Kshama Sawant, an Indian immigrant and member of the Socialist Alternative party, became the first socialist in a century to win a citywide race in Seattle when she was elected to the city council. NBC News, "How South Asian American socialist candidates are helping lead the left," 1 Dec. 2020 There are millions of people who subscribed to the notion that Joe Biden is a socialist, who subscribed to the notion that Hillary Clinton was part of an evil cabal that was involved in pedophile rings. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Obama’s Ridiculous Call for Speech Police," 17 Nov. 2020 Nobody occupying or seriously running for higher office, including Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and certainly not Hagedorn’s opponent, is a socialist in any meaningful sense of the term. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Sid Hartman, racism, socialism, the debate," 23 Oct. 2020 The author developed strong friendships at the hotel with Mary Keen, a radical socialist from England, and Gidske Anderson, a Norwegian journalist who lived nearby. New York Times, "Exploring James Baldwin’s Old Haunts in New York and Paris," 12 Dec. 2020 Their confused reactions were swift and strong, accusing the veteran country artist of being a hypocrite millionaire socialist, calling him out of touch, even vowing to throw out Brooks’ music. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Garth Brooks looks back on Barry Sanders jersey flap: 'All it did was magnify ignorance'," 21 Nov. 2020 In the days that followed, the argument moved to the pages of the New York Times, where Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democratic socialist, argued poor outreach and digital campaigning sunk moderates in swing districts. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "The Democratic party is waging a war over its future just as Joe Biden is taking the helm," 15 Nov. 2020 Joe Biden is about as far from a socialist as anyone in the Democratic Party. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "There Is No One Way to Win the Latino Vote," 15 Nov. 2020

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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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18 Jan 2021

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“Socialist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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