Definition of communism in English:


(also communism)


  • A political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.

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