Origin: Russ (1903) from menshe, the smaller, less, minority from Old Church Slavonic miniji, smaller from Indo-European an unverified form mineu-, variant, variety of base an unverified form mei-, to lessen from source Classical Latin minor
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noun pl. Men·she·viks or Men·she·vi·ki
Origin: Russian men'shevik, from men'she, less (from their relegation by Lenin to minority status); see mei-2 in Indo-European roots.
- Menˈshe·vism noun
- Menˈshe·vist noun