Definition of communism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒmjunɪzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːmjunɪzəm//
    [uncountable] Political views and systems
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  1. 1a political movement that believes in an economic system in which the state controls the means of producing everything on behalf of the people. It aims to create a society in which everyone is treated equally. See related entries: Political views and systems
  2. 2Communism the system of government by a ruling Communist Party, such as in the former Soviet Union a book describing life under communism See related entries: Political views and systems
  3. compare capitalism
    Word Originmid 19th cent.: from French communisme, from commun, from Latin communis ‘common’. Wordfindercapitalism, communism, democracy, dictatorship, fascism, imperialism, liberal, radical, socialism, system
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: communism