Definition of communism in English:



  • [mass noun] A theory or system of social organization in which all property is owned by the community and each person contributes and receives according to their ability and needs.

    See also Marxism
    • ‘Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union until the collapse of communism a decade ago.’
    • ‘True communism has no government and people own and operate everything communally.’
    • ‘The chief cause of the end of the cold war was the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.’
    • ‘I returned to Japan in 1948, and I found the red flags of communism everywhere.’
    • ‘Men dominated the occupational system during communism, and this has not changed.’
    • ‘One might expect that Marx would go on to explain in some detail what communism would be like.’
    • ‘Under socialism or communism, producers of profit and receivers of profit are the same people.’
    • ‘These led to the dismantling and collapse of communism throughout Eastern and Central Europe.’
    • ‘The Poles' victory at Warsaw was seen at the time as the salvation of European democracy in the face of communism.’
    • ‘First, it has to be remembered that the collapse of communism came quickly and was not anticipated.’
    • ‘One of the themes of her book is China's change from old communism to new capitalism.’
    • ‘Yesterday's is the fifth fully free parliamentary election since the transition from communism to multiparty democracy in 1989.’
    • ‘Without him, it might not have been feasible to negotiate the transition from communism to democracy.’
    • ‘Capitalism and communism diminish the status of the individual, both as a citizen and as a human being.’
    • ‘You don't seem to know the difference between capitalism, communism and socialism.’
    • ‘In Eastern Europe it was abolished with the fall of communism and adoption of democracy.’
    collectivism, state ownership, socialism, radical socialism
    sovietism, bolshevism, marxism, neo-marxism, leninism, marxism–leninism, trotskyism, maoism
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Mid 19th century: from French communisme, from commun (see common).