Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a member of the communist party
  2. (noun, person) a socialist who advocates communism
  3. (adj, pert) relating to or marked by communism
    communist governments
    communistic propaganda

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Synonyms of Communist

commie, communistic

Alternate forms of Communist

Derivations: communism

Hyponyms: apparatchik, bolshevik, bolshevist, comrade, revisionist

Hypernyms: pol, political leader, politician, politico, socialist

Origin of the word Communist

  1. 1841, as both a noun and adj., from Fr. communiste (see communism). First attested in writing by John Goodwin Barmby (1820-1881), British Owenite and utopian socialist who founded the London Communist Propaganda Society in 1841. Main modern sense emerged after publication of Communist Manifesto ("Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei") in 1848. Shortened form Com… more

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