Communism meaning

kŏm'yə-nĭz'əm
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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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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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 social system that implements a communist political philosophy.
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Any political philosophy or ideology advocating holding the production of resources collectively.
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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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The international socialist society where classes and the state no longer exist.
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The socio-economic system based on such parties' ideologies.
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(US, informal) A state of affairs perceived as oppressive, overly arbitrary, or totalitarian.
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Leftist or socialist ideas, activity, etc.
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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