socialist

A socialist is someone who supports the political philosophy of socialism, which is a governmental system that advocates community ownership and control of all lands and businesses rather than individual ownership.

The Latin word socius meant "companion," and led to the Old French word social, from which the word socialist derived. However, the meaning came to be so much more than just "associate." As opposed to a capitalist, a socialist advocates a society based on cooperation rather than competition . Winston Churchill once said, “It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider the real vice is making losses."

Definitions of socialist
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adj advocating or following the socialist principles

Synonyms:
socialistic
collective
set up on the principle of collectivism or ownership and production by the workers involved usually under the supervision of a government
collectivised, collectivist, collectivistic, collectivized, state-controlled
subscribing to the socialistic doctrine of ownership by the people collectively
left
of or belonging to the political or intellectual left
Antonyms:
capitalist, capitalistic
favoring or practicing capitalism
bourgeois
(according to Marxist thought) being of the property-owning class and exploitive of the working class
competitive, free-enterprise, private-enterprise
subscribing to capitalistic competition
individualistic, laissez-faire
with minimally restricted freedom in commerce
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n a political advocate of socialism

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Fidel Castro Ruz
Cuban socialist leader who overthrew a dictator in 1959 and established a Marxist socialist state in Cuba (born in 1927)
Friedrich Engels
socialist who wrote the Communist Manifesto with Karl Marx in 1848 (1820-1895)
William Dudley Haywood
United States labor leader and militant socialist who was one of the founders of the Industrial Workers of the World (1869-1928)
Pierre Joseph Proudhon
French socialist who argued that property is theft (1809-1865)
Norman Mattoon Thomas
United States socialist who was a candidate for president six times (1884-1968)
Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin
Bolshevik leader in Russia who advocated gradual collectivism of the farms; was executed in a purge by Stalin (1888-1938)
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov
Russian founder of the Bolsheviks and leader of the Russian Revolution and first head of the USSR (1870-1924)
Mao Tsetung
Chinese communist leader (1893-1976)
John Reed
United States journalist who reported on the October Revolution from Petrograd in 1917; founded the Communist Labor Party in America in 1919; is buried in the Kremlin in Moscow (1887-1920)
Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili
Russian leader who succeeded Lenin as head of the Communist Party and created a totalitarian state by purging all opposition (1879-1953)
Lev Davidovich Bronstein
Russian revolutionary and Communist theorist who helped Lenin and built up the army; he was ousted from the Communist Party by Stalin and eventually assassinated in Mexico (1879-1940)
Chou En-lai
Chinese revolutionary and communist leader (1898-1976)
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commie, communist
a socialist who advocates communism
Fabian
a member of the Fabian Society in Britain
internationalist
a member of a socialist or communist international
Menshevik
a Russian member of the liberal minority group that advocated gradual reform and opposed the Bolsheviks before and during the Russian Revolution
collectivist, left-winger, leftist
a person who belongs to the political left
apparatchik
a communist who was a member of the administrative system of a communist party
Bolshevik, Bolshevist
a Russian member of the left-wing majority group that followed Lenin and eventually became the Russian communist party
Comrade
a fellow member of the Communist Party
pink, pinko
a person with mildly leftist political views
revisionist
a Communist who tries to rewrite Marxism to justify a retreat from the revolutionary position
Type of:
pol, political leader, politician, politico
a person active in party politics

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