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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In 1825, Rapp sold the entire town of New Harmony to Robert Owen, a Scottish utopian socialist and industrialist, and William Maclure, a geologist and philanthropist. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This small Indiana town is a hotbed of utopianism," 5 Aug. 2019 From an ideological standpoint, Sanders is a self-avowed democratic socialist who has been instrumental in bringing more progressive policy proposals into the mainstream. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Democratic Debates: 9 Big Questions About Round Two for 2020 Candidates," 30 July 2019 Sanders, a self-avowed democratic socialist, validates her experience. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B and Bernie Sanders Are in Sync with Each Other on Minimum Wage," 14 Aug. 2019 Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who warmed up the crowd for Trump, both described Democrats as socialists in their speeches. Scott Wartman,, "President Trump blasts 'left-wing extremists,' mocks Democrats at rally," 1 Aug. 2019 These candidates will offer a bolder and more clean-cut progressive message than Clinton without necessarily self-identifying as socialists or trying to put themselves outside the basic dynamics of partisan conflict. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Netroots Nation, explained," 2 Aug. 2018 In the bellwether state of Uttar Pradesh, ostensible socialists have joined their BJP foes. The Economist, "India’s ruling party keeps on winning seats, even after the elections," 25 July 2019 Besides, the prime minister, a former tea seller from Gujarat, makes a far more credible champion of the poor than a globe-trotting champagne socialist from Delhi with a famous last name. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "It’s Game Over for the Gandhis as a Political Dynasty Dies," 11 July 2019 But neither the Socialist party nor the Italian Popular party (composed of Catholic socialists) offered any effective polices. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "Mussolini and the End of Liberal Democracy," 25 June 2019

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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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