Definition of "communism" []

  • A theoretical economic system characterized by the collective ownership of property and by the organization of labor for the common advantage of all members. (noun)
  • A system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single, often authoritarian party holds power, claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people. (noun)
  • The Marxist-Leninist version of Communist doctrine that advocates the overthrow of capitalism by the revolution of the proletariat. (noun)
  • Advocacy of a classless society in which private ownership has been abolished and the means of production and subsistence belong to the community (noun)

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  • Any social, economic, or political movement or doctrine aimed at achieving such a society (noun)
  • A political movement based upon the writings of Marx that considers history in terms of class conflict and revolutionary struggle, resulting eventually in the victory of the proletariat and the establishment of a socialist order based on public ownership of the means of production (noun)
  • A social order or system of government established by a ruling Communist Party, esp in the former Soviet Union (noun)
  • Any leftist political activity or thought, esp when considered to be subversive (noun)
  • Communal living; communalism (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "communism" in a sentence
  • "The pair, with Engels, continued to agonize over a clear definition of what they meant by the term communism and over a statement of principles—a mission statement—for a communist party."
  • "Throwing out the term communism has all the demagoguery of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and recalls a dark chapter in American history."
  • "Hess had introduced Marx to the term communism, and now Marx had convinced Hess that the definition of communism had to come out of an understanding of political economy."