Communism definition

kŏmyə-nĭzəm
A theoretical economic system characterized by the collective ownership of property and by the organization of labor for the common advantage of all members.
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The definition of communism is a system where all property is public and people work and are given things by the government according to their needs.

An example of communism is the governing system in Cuba where the government controls everything and doles out benefits such as money, health care and food.

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Any theory or system characterized by the ownership or sharing of all property by the community as a whole.
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Any political philosophy or ideology advocating holding the production of resources collectively.
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The socio-economic system based on such parties' ideologies.
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A system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single, often authoritarian party holds power, claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people.
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Any political social system that implements a communist political philosophy.
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The international socialist society where classes and the state no longer exist.
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The ideology of political parties that use the term Communist in their names, usually Marxist and Leninist.
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(loosely) Leftist or socialist ideas, activity, etc.
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(US, informal) A state of affairs perceived as oppressive, overly arbitrary, or totalitarian.
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The Marxist-Leninist doctrine advocating revolution to overthrow the capitalist system and establish a dictatorship of the proletariat that will eventually evolve into a perfectly egalitarian and communal society.
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A political system that advances revolutionary principles for achieving this condition, either as formulated by Marx or as modified by Lenin, Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, etc., characterized by a single ruling party, centralized economic planning, the curtailment of individual liberties, etc.
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As envisioned by Marx, a future condition of mankind achieved after the revolutionary overthrow of capitalism and a transitional stage of socialism, and characterized by a largely self-regulating society whose members have renounced private property and personal wealth, national identity, social-class differences, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
communism
Plural:
communisms

Origin of communism

  • French communisme from commun common from Old French from Latin commūnis commune2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary