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ˈkɒm yəˌnɪz əmcom·mu·nism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. communismnoun

    a form of socialism that abolishes private ownership

  2. communismnoun

    a political theory favoring collectivism in a classless society


  1. communismnoun

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

  2. communismnoun

    Any political social system that implements a communist political philosophy.

  3. communismnoun

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

  4. Communismnoun

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

  5. Communismnoun

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

  6. Communismnoun

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

  7. Etymology: 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. Communismnoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [F. communisme, fr. commun common.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Communism

    kom′ū-nizm, n. a theory or condition of things according to which private property should be abolished, and all things held in common.—n. Comm′unist, one who holds such principles.—adj. Communist′ic, pertaining to 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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of communism in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of communism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of communism in a Sentence

  1. Peter Turkson:

    He is not making some political comment about the relative merits of capitalism and communism. He is rather restating ancient biblical teaching, he is pointing to the ominous signs in nature that suggest that humanity may now have tilled too much and kept too little.

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    What happened in the Soviet Union was not socialism, it was authoritarian communism, im not an expert on the current economy in Sweden.

  3. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    Communism, avowedly secularistic and materialistic, has no place for God. This I could never accept,... I strongly disagreed with Communism’s ethical relativism… there are no fixed, immutable principles; consequently, almost anything—force, violence, murder, lying—is a justifiable means to the ‘millennial’ end.

  4. President Harry Truman, Public Papers of the President of the United States: Harry S. Truman - 1951 U.S. Gov. 1966 pp548-549:

    Our religious faith gives us the answer to the false beliefs of Communism... I have the feeling that God has created us and brought us to our present position of power and strength for some great purpose.

  5. Leonardo DiMedio:

    Social Malware: Communism, Socialism, Marxism Progressive Fascism are the Social Malware of our day. (Leonardo coined the phrase Social Malware)

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