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communism (ˈkɒmjʊˌnɪzəm Pronunciation for communism

Definitions

noun

  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 communcommon

Synonyms

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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: communismPronunciation for 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: شُيُوعِيَّةPronunciation for شُيُوعِيَّة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: comunismoPronunciation for comunismo
  • Chinese: 共产主义Pronunciation for 共产主义
  • Croatian: komunizamPronunciation for komunizam
  • Czech: komunismusPronunciation for komunismus
  • Danish: kommunismePronunciation for kommunisme
  • Dutch: communismePronunciation for communisme
  • European Spanish: comunismoPronunciation for comunismo
  • Finnish: kommunismiPronunciation for kommunismi
  • French: communismePronunciation for communisme
  • German: KommunismusPronunciation for Kommunismus
  • Greek: κομουνισμόςPronunciation for κομουνισμός
  • Italian: comunismoPronunciation for comunismo
  • Japanese: 共産主義Pronunciation for 共産主義
  • Korean: 공산주의Pronunciation for 공산주의
  • Norwegian: kommunismePronunciation for kommunisme
  • Polish: komunizmPronunciation for komunizm
  • Portuguese: comunismoPronunciation for comunismo
  • Romanian: comunism
  • Russian: коммунизмPronunciation for коммунизм
  • Spanish: comunismoPronunciation for comunismo
  • Swedish: kommunismPronunciation for kommunism
  • Thai: ระบบคอมมิวนิสต์Pronunciation for ระบบคอมมิวนิสต์
  • Turkish: komünizmPronunciation for komünizm
  • Ukrainian: комунізм
  • Vietnamese: chủ nghĩa cộng sảnPronunciation for chủ nghĩa cộng sản

Example Sentences Including 'communism'

According to O. K. Vasu, the district secretary of the bjp, Kannur magnifies the desperation of communism.
India Today (2001)
Certainly Coop's critique of communism -'it ain't on the level ' - became notorious for its absurdity.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
He said you couldn't bring in communism just by fighting fascists, the State had to be destroyed.
Nabb, Magdalen, Vagheggi, Paolo Prosecutor
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
Its central thesis: The fall of communism coincided with growing concentration of U. S. media ownership.
canada.com (2005)
Psychoanalysis offers a means of reversing those early traumas, communism offers a way of restructuring society towards a utopia.
Stewart, Michael Grace
The Taliban were direct successors to fundamentalists nurtured by the United States in its fight with Soviet communism.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The country became so extreme in its communism that even the Soviet Union became exasperated.
Aidan Hartley THE ZANZIBAR CHEST: A Memoir of Love and War (2003)
Unlike most of them, he inferred that communism itself was doomed.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)

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