com·​mu·​nist ˈkäm-yə-nist How to pronounce communist (audio)
: an adherent or advocate of communism
capitalized : communard
capitalized : a member of a Communist party or movement
often capitalized : an adherent or advocate of a Communist government, party, or movement
often capitalized : one held to engage in left-wing, subversive, or revolutionary activities
communist adjective often capitalized
communistic adjective often capitalized
communistically adverb

Example Sentences

communists were plotting an overthrow of the government
Recent Examples on the Web Some dated from the buildup to World War II, while communist-era authorities also ordered that new residential and production facilities include underground shelters. Vanessa Gera, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Oct. 2022 Bolsonaro and his camp have accused Lula of being a closet communist, and a Satanist who wants to shutter churches and create unisex bathrooms in public schools. Gabriela Sá Pessoa, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2022 From a ruined Roman forum and Romanesque churches to its sturdy Venetian walls and an occasional communist-era structure that almost looks vintage, the old town's architecture is a mashup of the various people who have ruled Zadar over the years. Joe Yogerst, CNN, 26 Sep. 2022 Hay brought communist-like cells to the Mattachine Society. Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2022 Wishing to be a good communist, Xi has tacked in the other direction. Dexter Roberts, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2022 The demand for independence, after all, was led by the communist Ho Chi Minh and his Viet Minh movement. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2022 Born in the village of Privolnoye, Gorbachev grew up a committed communist during World War II. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 30 Aug. 2022 And that’s just as bad, maybe worse, than being a communist. Maureen Lee Lenker, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


see communism

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of communist was in 1840

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Cite this Entry

“Communist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



com·​mu·​nist ˈkäm-yə-nəst How to pronounce communist (audio)
: a person who believes in communism
capitalized : a member or follower of a Communist party or movement
communist adjective often capitalized
communistic adjective often capitalized

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