syn·​di·​cal·​ism ˈsin-di-kə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce syndicalism (audio)
: a revolutionary doctrine by which workers seize control of the economy and the government by direct means (such as a general strike)
: a system of economic organization in which industries are owned and managed by the workers
: a theory of government based on functional rather than territorial representation
syndicalist adjective or noun

Examples of syndicalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The full list of anarchist schools of thought is long, but includes anarcho-syndicalism, anarcha-feminism, green anarchism, Black anarchism, and individualist anarchism, which is similar to libertarianism. Sophie Hayssen,, 14 Aug. 2020 In a country rocked by strikes, militant syndicalism, unemployment and political instability, the leftist Front populaire under socialist Léon Blum won a parliamentary majority in 1936 and proceeded to carry out a number of sweeping reforms. Tom Sancton, Smithsonian, 7 Sep. 2017

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Word History


French syndicalisme, from chambre syndicale trade union

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of syndicalism was in 1906

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“Syndicalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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syn·​di·​cal·​ism ˈsin-di-kə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce syndicalism (audio)
: a doctrine or practice promoting the revolutionary seizure of government and industry see also criminal syndicalism

French syndicalisme, from (chambre) syndicale trade union, from chambre chamber + syndicale, feminine of syndical of or relating to a syndic or to a committee that assumes the powers of a syndic, from syndic government office

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