Definition of communist in English:

communist

noun

  • A person who supports or believes in the principles of communism:

    ‘I was very left-wing but I was never a communist’
    • ‘They were given a communist education and sang this song because it was the only one they knew.’
    • ‘We witness a communist leader addressing a trade union rally that is broken up by police.’
    • ‘He still describes himself as a communist, and still calls for a revolution.’
    • ‘I am a dedicated socialist and actually consider myself a communist in the true sense.’
    • ‘The communists, or the radical left, have formed a group under various labels since 1973.’
    collectivist, leftist, socialist, radical socialist, anti-capitalist
    soviet, bolshevik, bolshevist, marxist, neo-marxist, leninist, marxist–leninist, trotskyist, trotskyite, maoist
    commie, bolshie, red, lefty
    collectivist, leftist, socialist, radical socialist, anti-capitalist
    soviet, bolshevik, bolshevist, marxist, neo-marxist, leninist, marxist–leninist, trotskyist, trotskyite, maoist
    commie, bolshie, red, lefty
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adjective

  • Adhering to or based on the principles of communism:

    ‘a French communist writer’
    • ‘They grew up hearing every day how they lived in a communist country getting better all the time.’
    • ‘The interrogations were conducted by Russians, Germans, Hungarians, etc, all of them members of their respective communist parties.’
    • ‘Without a guarantee from a multilateral agency, commercial banks are wary of taking a punt on a mega-project in communist Laos.’
    • ‘Pristina was a stereotypical city built on communist architecture.’
    • ‘Few journalists covering prerevolutionary China can claim to be familiar with communist rebel life in the trenches.’
    • ‘There was the case of radio commentator Lin Bin who was firebombed by communist sympathisers.’
    • ‘Ironically, the unchallenged primacy of the supreme leader is also the saving grace of communist ideology.’
    • ‘The communist Khmer Rouge have been blamed for the deaths of at least 1.7 million Cambodians from 1975 to 1979.’
    • ‘Stalinist reaction in the USSR had profound implications for the international communist movement.’
    • ‘During the first year of the renewed conflict, numerically superior nationalist troops made large territorial gains, including the communist capital of Yan'an.’
    • ‘Soviet security personnel orchestrated periodic purges inside the east European communist parties.’
    • ‘In 1960 the threat of a communist takeover of the newly independent Congo garnered attention to the whole of Africa.’
    • ‘Strangely they fail to mention the years he spent living in a communist country.’
    • ‘In the interests of business the great capitalist became the communist government's most powerful supporter.’
    • ‘Deals done in the past, between fraternal communist parties, continue to have ramifications in the present.’
    • ‘During the communist era, Christmas in Budapest was a low-key affair, often celebrated clandestinely.’
    • ‘I always knew my communist sympathies would pay off.’
    • ‘They didn't fit in with the communist regime's vision for the country.’
    • ‘The grandeur of the architecture has faded only slightly from the neglect of the communist years.’
    • ‘The rebels have not yet dropped their demand of a communist republic for Nepal, the rebel leader said.’

Pronunciation:

communist

/ˈkɒmjʊnɪst/