syndicalism

noun
syn·di·cal·ism | \ˈsin-di-kə-ˌli-zəm \

Definition of syndicalism 

1 : a revolutionary doctrine by which workers seize control of the economy and the government by direct means (such as a general strike)

2 : a system of economic organization in which industries are owned and managed by the workers

3 : a theory of government based on functional rather than territorial representation

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syndicalist \ˈsin-di-kə-list \ adjective or noun

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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, "The Titan Who Founded L’Oreal Built His Brand on the Shoulders of Nazis," 7 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of syndicalism

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for syndicalism

French syndicalisme, from chambre syndicale trade union

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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The first known use of syndicalism was in 1907

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syndicalism

noun
syn·di·cal·ism | \ˈsin-di-kə-ˌli-zəm \

Legal Definition of syndicalism 

: a doctrine or practice promoting the revolutionary seizure of government and industry — see also criminal syndicalism

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