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Originally: a socialist whose theories are systematic. Later: an advocate of scientific socialism; especially a Marxist. Opposed to utopian socialist.
Of or relating to scientific socialism or its advocates; especially. Marxist. Opposed to utopian socialist.
Mid 19th century. From scientific + socialist, after scientific socialism.
scientific socialist/ˌsʌɪənˌtɪfɪk ˈsəʊʃəlɪst//ˌsʌɪənˌtɪfɪk ˈsəʊʃ(ə)lɪst/
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