Communism

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Noun[edit]

Communism (uncountable)

  1. The ideology of political parties that use the term Communist in their names, usually Marxist and Leninist.
  2. The socio-economic system based on such parties' ideologies.
  3. (US, informal) A state of affairs perceived as oppressive, overly arbitrary, or totalitarian.
    • 1953 (pub. 1997), Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy ed., Hinge of Generations-1953 Transcripts [1]
      ...he shouldn't...just...[say]..."I -- I am responsible for prosperity,"...that's Communism, Sir, you see.
    • 1992, Sylvia Whitman, V Is for Victory: The American Home Front During World War II [2]
      Although her elder daughter, Jane, complains, “that's Communism,” Mrs. Hilton rents her own bedroom to a retired colonel.
    • 1998, Joseph Martin Hernon, Profiles in Character: Hubris and Heroism in the U.S. Senate, 1789-1990 [3]
      ...[he] condemned Thurmond's proposal for its “totalitarianism”: “That's Communism....That's China. That's not America.