nounpl. -·viks· or -·vik·i
a member of the minority faction (Mensheviki) of the Russian Social Democratic Workers' Party, which opposed the more radical majority faction (Bolsheviki) from 1903 on
Origin of MenshevikRussian men'ševik (1903) from men'še, smaller, less, comparative of malyj, small
of, characteristic of, or like the Mensheviks
nounpl. Men·she·viks, or Men·she·vi·ki
A member of the liberal faction of the Social Democratic Party that struggled against the Bolsheviks before and during the Russian Revolution.
Origin of MenshevikRussian men'shevik from men'she less (from their relegation by Lenin to minority status) ; see mei-2 in Indo-European roots.