A socialist is someone who supports a political or economic philosophy that says society as a whole, rather than private companies, should own or control various goods and services.

The word socialist has become so politicized that it can be hard to define accurately. The original 19th century socialists were Marxists who believed that workers, and society, should have total control of the means of production. This economic philosophy (and the accompanying politics) is known as socialism. Today's socialists hold a wide variety of beliefs, from community ownership of land and businesses to government control of goods and services for the public good, funded through taxation.

Definitions of socialist
  1. adjective
    advocating or following the socialist principles
    synonyms: socialistic
    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
    of or belonging to the political or intellectual left
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    capitalist, capitalistic
    favoring or practicing capitalism
    (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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  2. noun
    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)
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    commie, communist
    a socialist who advocates communism
    a member of the Fabian Society in Britain
    a member of a socialist or communist international
    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
    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
    a fellow member of the Communist Party
    pink, pinko
    a person with mildly leftist political views
    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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