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See also: Communism
A calque of the German word Kommunismus (from Marx and Engels's Manifesto of the German Communist Party), in turn a calque of the French word communisme, which was formed from commun (“common”), from Latin communis, and the suffix -isme (“-ism”).
- Any political philosophy or ideology advocating holding the production of resources collectively.
1932, D. H. Lawrence, The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, Edited by A. Huxley, page 219:
- I want to gather together about twenty souls and sail away from this world of war and squalor and found a little colony where there shall be no money but a sort of communism as far as necessaries of life go, and some real decency.
- Any political social system that implements a communist political philosophy.
- The international socialist society where classes and the state no longer exist.
- See also the definitions of Communism.
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