Definitions for Communismˈkɒm yəˌnɪz əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•mu•nismˈkɒm yəˌnɪz əm(n.)

  1. a theory or system of social organization based on holding all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community or to the state.

    Category: Government

  2. (often cap.) a political doctrine or movement based on Marxism and developed by Lenin and others, seeking a violent overthrow of capitalism and the creation of a classless society.

    Category: Government

  3. (often cap.) a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single political party.

    Category: Government

  4. (often cap.) the principles and practices of a Communist Party.

    Category: Government

  5. Category: Government

    Ref: communalism .

Origin of communism:

1835–45; < F communisme. See common , -ism

Princeton's WordNet

  1. communism(noun)

    a form of socialism that abolishes private ownership

  2. communism(noun)

    a political theory favoring collectivism in a classless society

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. communism(noun)ˈkɒm yəˌnɪz əm

    a system of government in which property and money are shared equally

    communist countries/governments


  1. communism(Noun)

    Any political philosophy or ideology advocating holding the production of resources collectively.

  2. communism(Noun)

    Any political social system that implements a communist political philosophy.

  3. communism(Noun)

    The international socialist society where classes and the state no longer exist.

  4. Communism(Noun)

    The ideology of political parties that use the term Communist in their names, usually Marxist and Leninist.

  5. Communism(Noun)

    The socio-economic system based on such parties' ideologies.

  6. Communism(Noun)

    A state of affairs perceived as oppressive, overly arbitrary, or totalitarian.

  7. Origin: A calque of the word Kommunismus (from Marx and Engels's Manifesto of the German Communist Party), in turn a calque of the word communisme, which was formed from commun, from communis, and the suffix -isme.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Communism(noun)

    a scheme of equalizing the social conditions of life; specifically, a scheme which contemplates the abolition of inequalities in the possession of property, as by distributing all wealth equally to all, or by holding all wealth in common for the equal use and advantage of all


  1. Communism

    Communism is a revolutionary socialist movement to create a classless, moneyless and stateless social order structured upon common ownership of the means of production, as well as a social, political and economic ideology that aims at the establishment of this social order. This movement, in its Marxist–Leninist interpretations, significantly influenced the history of the 20th century, which saw intense rivalry between the "socialist world" and the "Western world". Marxist theory holds that pure communism or full communism is a specific stage of historical development that inevitably emerges from the development of the productive forces that leads to a superabundance of material wealth, allowing for distribution based on need and social relations based on freely associated individuals. Marxist theory contends that socialism is a transitional stage on the road to communism. Leninism adds to Marxism the notion of a vanguard party to lead the proletarian revolution and to secure all political power after the revolution for the working class, for the development of universal class consciousness and worker participation, in a transitional stage between capitalism and communism.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Communism

    community of property in a State.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Communism

    A totalitarian system of government in which a single authoritarian party controls state-owned means of production with the professed aim of establishing a classless society.

Translations for Communism

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(often with capital) a system of government under which there is no private industry and (in some forms) no private property, most things being state-owned.

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