Useful-idiot meaning

(historical, pejorative, political jargon) Soviet sympathizer in Western countries, from the perspective of the political right.
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(pejorative, political jargon) One who is seen to unwittingly support a malignant cause through their 'naive' attempts to be a force for good.
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Origin of useful-idiot

  • The earliest known usage in Western media is in a 1948 article in the social-democratic Italian paper L'Umanita – as cited in the New York Times article on Italian politics.

    From Wiktionary