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communism  (ˈkɒmjʊˌnɪzəm



  1. advocacy of a classless society in which private ownership has been abolished and the means of production and subsistence belong to the community
  2. any social, economic, or political movement or doctrine aimed at achieving such a society
  3. (usually capital) a political movement based upon the writings of Marx that considers history in terms of class conflict and revolutionary struggle, resulting eventually in the victory of the proletariat and the establishment of a socialist order based on public ownership of the means of production See also Marxism, Marxism-Leninism, socialism
  4. (usually capital) a social order or system of government established by a ruling Communist Party, esp in the former Soviet Union
  5. (often capital) (mainly US) any leftist political activity or thought, esp when considered to be subversive
  6. communal living; communalism

Word Origin

C19: from French communisme, from commun common


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= socialism, Marxism, Stalinism, collectivism, Bolshevism, Marxism-Leninism, state socialism, Maoism, Trotskyism, Eurocommunism, Titoism

Quotations including 'communism'

  • "We Communists are like seeds and the people are like the soil. Wherever we go, we must unite with the people, take root and blossom among them" [Mao Tse-tung]
  • "A spectre is haunting Europe - the spectre of Communism" [Karl Marx
  • "[Russian Communism is] the illegitimate child of Karl Marx and Catherine the Great" [Clement Attlee]
  • "Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country" [Lenin]
  • "One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion" [Albert Einstein
  • "Far from being a classless society, Communism is governed by an elite as steadfast in its determination to maintain its prerogatives as any oligarchy known to history" [Robert F. Kennedy
  • "Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite" [John Kenneth Galbraith]

Translations for 'communism'

  • British English: communism Communism is the political belief that all people are equal and that workers should control the means of producing things....Karl Marx, the father of modern-day communism.ˈkɒmjʊˌnɪzəm NOUN
  • Arabic: شُيُوعِيَّة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: comunismo
  • Chinese: 共产主义
  • Croatian: komunizam
  • Czech: komunismus
  • Danish: kommunisme
  • Dutch: communisme
  • European Spanish: comunismo
  • Finnish: kommunismi
  • French: communisme
  • German: Kommunismus
  • Greek: κομουνισμός
  • Italian: comunismo
  • Japanese: 共産主義
  • Korean: 공산주의
  • Norwegian: kommunisme
  • Polish: komunizm
  • Portuguese: comunismo
  • Romanian: comunism
  • Russian: коммунизм
  • Spanish: comunismo
  • Swedish: kommunism
  • Thai: ระบบคอมมิวนิสต์
  • Turkish: komünizm
  • Ukrainian: комунізм
  • Vietnamese: chủ nghĩa cộng sản

Example Sentences Including 'communism'

He said you couldn't bring in communism just by fighting fascists, the State had to be destroyed.
Nabb, Magdalen, Vagheggi, Paolo Prosecutor
Psychoanalysis offers a means of reversing those early traumas, communism offers a way of restructuring society towards a utopia.
Stewart, Michael Grace
I'd let them have their food riots and show communism up for the inefficient bully it is.
Davis, John Gordon Seize the Reckless Wind


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