Definition of Communism

1. Noun. A form of socialism that abolishes private ownership.

Generic synonyms: Socialism, Socialist Economy
Specialized synonyms: Bolshevism, Collectivism, Sovietism
Derivative terms: Communist, Communist, Communistic, Communize, Communize

2. Noun. A political theory favoring collectivism in a classless society.

Definition of Communism

1. n. 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.

Definition of Communism

1. Noun. The ideology of political parties that use the term ''Communist'' in their names, usually Marxist and Leninist. ¹

2. Noun. The socio-economic system based on such parties' ideologies. ¹

3. Noun. (US informal) A state of affairs perceived as oppressive, overly arbitrary, or totalitarian. ¹

4. Noun. Any political philosophy or ideology advocating holding the production of resources collectively. ¹

5. Noun. Any political social system that implements a communist political philosophy. ¹

6. Noun. The international socialist society where classes and the state no longer exist. ¹

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Definition of Communism

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Medical Definition of Communism

1. 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. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Communism

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communion wafer
communism (current term)
communist bandit
communist economy

Literary usage of Communism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1909)
"It is to be distinguished from ascetic communism, in which it is contempt for things ... communism as a theoretical system first appeared among the Greeks, ..."

2. A Library of American Literature from the Earliest Settlement to the Present by Arthur Stedman, Edmund Clarence Stedman (1894)
"IT remains to glance at what we have called the Gospel of communism. ... The Gospel of communism has no God in it at all, incarnate or any other. ..."

3. Primitive Society by Robert Harry Lowie (1920)
"Besides the Dieri and the Chukchi, a few other tribes, such as the Gilyak of the Amur region, have been reported as practising sexual communism to the ..."

4. Cyclopaedia of Political Science, Political Economy, and of the Political by John Joseph Lalor (1883)
"communism itself feels what a stranger to it merit is, and how fatal it would ... Does communism destroy the abuses which it pretends to radically abolish? ..."

5. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1904)
"communism and the Jacobins of France, collecting whatever traces he can find of free institutions, he makes an attempt to find in the past that old ..."

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