Origin: Russ (1903) < menshe, the smaller, less, minority < OSlav miniji, smaller < IE *mineu-, var. of base *mei-, to lessen > L minor
See Menshevik in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. Men·she·viks or Men·she·vi·ki (-vēˈkē)
Origin: Russian men'shevik
Origin: , from men'she, less (from their relegation by Lenin to minority status); see mei-2 in Indo-European roots.