socialist 1827, from Fr. socialiste, in reference to the teachings of Comte de Saint-Simon, founder of French socialism. The word begins to be used in French in the modern sense c.1835. Socialista, with a different sense, was applied 18c. to followers and pupils of Dutch jurist Grotius (1583-1645).
Prison is a Socialist's Paradise, where equality prevails, everything is supplied and competition is eliminated. [Elbert Hubbard, "The Note Book," 1927]

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  • socialist — SOCIALÍST, Ă, socialişti, ste, adj., s.m. şi f. 1. adj. Întemeiat pe principiile socialismului (1); care există în condiţiile socialismului; al socialismului, propriu socialismului, privitor la socialism. 2. s.m. şi f. Adept al socialismului (1); …   Dicționar Român

  • socialist — [sō′shəlist] n. 1. an advocate or supporter of socialism 2. [S ] a member of a Socialist Party adj. 1. of or like socialism or socialists 2. advocating or supporting socialism 3. [S ] of or having to do with a Socialist Party: Also socialistic… …   English World dictionary

  • Socialist — So cial*ist, n. [Cf. F. socialiste.] One who advocates or practices the doctrines of socialism. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Socialist — So cial*ist, Socialistic So cial*is tic, a. Pertaining to, or of the nature of, socialism. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • socialist — ▪ I. socialist so‧cial‧ist 1 [ˈsəʊʆl st ǁ ˈsoʊ ] adjective ECONOMICS 1. based on socialism or connected with a political party that supports socialism: • socialist principles • the socialist manifesto 2. a socialist country or government …   Financial and business terms

  • socialist — /soh sheuh list/, n. 1. an advocate or supporter of socialism. 2. (cap.) a member of the U.S. Socialist party. adj. 3. socialistic. [1825 35; SOCIAL + IST] * * * (as used in expressions) Socialist People s Libyan Arab Jamahiriyyah Socialist… …   Universalium

  • socialist — [[t]so͟ʊʃəlɪst[/t]] ♦♦♦ socialists 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Socialist means based on socialism or relating to socialism. ...members of the ruling Socialist party. ...low inflation policies practised by the socialist government... Ethiopia was declared a …   English dictionary

  • socialíst — a m (ȋ) pristaš socializma: postati socialist // v nekaterih državah član socialistične stranke: zunanji minister je socialist; sodelovanje komunistov in socialistov / na volitvah so zmagali socialisti je zmagala socialistična stranka ◊ polit.… …   Slovar slovenskega knjižnega jezika

  • socialist — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ committed, dedicated (esp. BrE), lifelong, staunch (esp. BrE), strong (esp. BrE) ▪ leading ▪ His father was a leading socialist …   Collocations dictionary

  • socialist — so|cial|ist1 [ˈsəuʃəl ıst US ˈsou ] adj 1.) based on socialism or relating to a political party that supports socialism ▪ socialist principles 2.) a socialist country or government has a political system based on socialism socialist 2 socialist2… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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