Definition of left wing in US English:

left wing


  • 1The liberal, socialist, or radical section of a political party or system.

    • ‘I decided that they had become the left wing of the Republican Party.’
    • ‘Luxemburg was among the greatest revolutionaries of the 20th century, leading the left wing of the German socialist movement.’
    • ‘They became the core of the left wing of the Synarchist network, throughout the Caribbean region and below.’
    • ‘Wales has always had strong left wing and radical political parties and leaders.’
    • ‘As former chairman of the SPD's Young Socialists, Nahles is regarded as a spokeswoman of the party's left wing.’
    • ‘The government was saved from defeat by division within the opposition and the takeover of the Labour Party by its left wing.’
    • ‘In Germany and Italy, these groups have constituted a permanent, minority left wing within the party.’
    • ‘He's stood for most of what the left wing of the Democratic Party has stood for since 1972.’
    • ‘One view, found on the left wing of the Labour party, is that a government must take greater powers if it wants to achieve radical change in the society and economy.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, he is considered to be part of the party's left wing.’
    • ‘Fuller's stance on most social and economic issues puts him in the Democratic party's left wing.’
    • ‘The right wing allied itself with the Democratic Party, the left wing became a component part of the new Communist Party.’
    • ‘But, make no mistake, the chorus of complaint is not limited to the left wing of the Democratic Party.’
    • ‘The Chancellor has already made it clear to the fractious left wing of the Social Democrats that he will resign if he does not carry the day.’
    • ‘I don't know that anyone is in a position to do that and certainly not the left wing of the Labour Party.’
    • ‘Nahles is regarded as belonging to the party's left wing.’
    • ‘Maitan has also defended the majority around Bertinotti from criticisms made by the party's left wing.’
    • ‘The United States, particularly the left wing of the Democratic Party, also lives with a guilty conscience.’
  • 2The left side of a team on the field in soccer, rugby, and field hockey.

    ‘his usual position on the left wing’
    • ‘Deco drives a low free kick into the Chelsea box from the left wing, but his delivery is poor and Lampard clears easily.’
    • ‘He's been a consistent performer over his 170 games for Liverpool whether he's played at left back or on the left wing.’
    • ‘Zidane took a free-kick from the left wing that curled all the way to the far post.’
    • ‘Some slick passing by Chelsea in midfield releases Frank Lampard down the left wing.’
    • ‘Malouda is fouled on the French left wing but Ribery's free kick into the box comes to nothing.’
    1. 2.1 The left side of an army.
      ‘the Allied left wing’
      • ‘On 27 August they crushed the Second Army's left wing.’
      • ‘The commander of the left wing of the army eyed the approaching enemy formation with interest.’
      • ‘At Marston Moor, in 1644, he commanded the left wing of the royalist army.’
      • ‘McClellan's left wing would then march south and strike Buckeystown and cut off the Confederate line of retreat.’
      • ‘Roughly the same time two divisions were sent by Lee to reinforce the left wing.’


  • Liberal, socialist, or radical.

    ‘left-wing activists’
    • ‘But when left wing Social Democrats refused to agree to united action the Communist leaders abandoned the attempt.’
    • ‘The former left wing socialist and strike leader got 47 percent of votes, almost double that of any other candidate.’
    • ‘I note that the members of left wing political parties tend to have side organisations which tend to factionalise.’
    • ‘He dismissed as nonsense her claim that the march would be dominated by anti-government left wing political parties.’
    • ‘At different times in Labour's history the party's left wing critics have been told they open the door to letting the Tories back in.’
    • ‘Union activists and left wing officials told Socialist Worker it would be a disaster to become mesmerised by those talks.’
    • ‘It was a mass political event, with a very radical and left wing mood.’
    • ‘The grand coalition's programme marks a complete break with the SPD's election campaign, in which the party used left wing language to try to hold on to votes.’
    • ‘Few bands as left wing as System of a Down have enjoyed the level of mainstream success achieved by this second generation Armenian quartet.’
    • ‘But he was careful to retain links with a layer of left wing trade union and party officials.’
    • ‘In the longer term I would hope for a broad left wing alternative to the failed politics of the South.’
    • ‘Mark was a rank and file activist and is a left wing socialist.’
    • ‘It was organised by the left wing Socialist Campaign Group of MPs.’
    • ‘He is a former left wing socialist and mass strike leader.’
    • ‘This is because union activist are more left wing than Labour party members and ordinary members are less likely to vote.’
    • ‘Of course socialists should always support left wing officials against the right.’
    • ‘Many left wing political organisations in India talk about the need to organise among the working class, but then see elections as the best way of implementing their ideas.’
    • ‘I haven't always been as left wing or even as political as I am now.’
    • ‘The far left was also hit by the Socialist Party's appeal for left wing voters to unite behind it, as well as by its own disunity.’
    • ‘He's hoping the Communists will eventually play a part in some sort of broad left wing coalition government.’
    socialist, communist, communistic, bolshevik, leftist, anti-capitalist
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left wing

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