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“communism” in English

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communismnoun [ U ]

also Communism uk /ˈkɒm.jə.nɪ.zəm/ us /ˈkɑː.m.jə.nɪ.zəm/

the belief in a society without different social classes in which the methods of production are owned and controlled by all its members and everyone works as much as they can and receives what they need


adjective, noun also Communist uk /ˈkɒm.jə.nɪst/ us /ˈkɑː.m.jə.nɪst/


the Communist Party
communist ideology
Was she ever a Communist?

(Definition of “communism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“communism” in American English

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communismnoun [ U ]

us /ˈkɑm·jəˌnɪz·əm/

politics & government an economic system based on public ownership of property and control of the methods of production, and in which no person profits from the work of others

(Definition of “communism” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“communism” in Business English

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communismnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkɒmjʊnɪzəm/ us also Communism POLITICS, ECONOMICS

a political theory that believes that the state should control the methods of production, there should be no separate social classes and everyone should be treated equally:

the ideology of communism

a political and economic system that is officially based on this theory:

The book deals with the realities of life under Communism in the former Soviet Union.

(Definition of “communism” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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In cases of crimes against humanity committed in the eras of national socialism and communism the world still applies a double standard.
At the same time, it shows that it supports, or even dictates the primitive anti-communism and blatant violations of human rights which prevail in the former socialist candidate countries.
Although these relations were never entirely free of frictions, tensions have increased over the two decades since the fall of communism.
Now communism has fallen and they are left with a miserable pension which is not even enough to buy a couple of pints of milk a day.
When they became aware that that transition was possible, they concluded that the transition was complete and that they had already arrived at communism.
We dislodged the first brick in the wall of communism and, through the crack we had opened, the draught swept out the entire communist system.
We have the curious spectacle of a communist party that no longer believes in communism applying capitalist ideas that it is not supposed to believe in.
In all parts of the world, communism has been finally and categorically judged by history and overwhelmingly held responsible for the ruin of the countries subjected to it.
Our governments are slaves to the market, devotees of free trade and communism, and will always be opposed by free-thinking citizens like myself who will continue to protest against injustice.
Here we actually see the idea of central planning, where central planners decide how much fishermen in each nation can catch and, like communism, it has been a disaster.