from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The strategy developed by the Bolsheviks between 1903 and 1917 with a view to seizing state power and establishing a dictatorship of the proletariat.
  • noun Soviet Communism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a form of communism based on the writings of Marx and Lenin.

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  • noun The strategy used by the Bolsheviks in attempting to gain power in Russia
  • noun Marxism-Leninism

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  • noun Soviet communism


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Bolshev(ik) + –ism.]


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  • Not that he regarded Lily's shift toward what he termed Bolshevism very seriously; all youth had a slant toward socialism, and outgrew it.

    A Poor Wise Man

  • Most of what was wrong with Bolshevism is summed up right there.

    Matthew Yglesias » Wieseltier vs Sullivan

  • The realization that those that believe in Bolshevism will use Bolshevik methods to bring about a Bolshevik state helps to clarify a lot of the seemingly dense and inept coverage of our print media.

    The murderers of Paul Croutch

  • Whatever the word Bolshevism may have meant originally it has come to mean fiendish treatment of women, the savage murder and mutilation of men and the wanton destruction of the accumulated labors of generations.

    The Red Conspiracy

  • I don't feel, personally, that Bolshevism is absolutely scotched; I do not feel that we have really beaten the Germans.

    The Situation in Russia

  • But the Bolshevists have brains and very unscrupulous methods, and they persuade the working man that Bolshevism is going to be all right, that it is going to lead to a sort of paradise; but from what I have seen in Russia I think it is much more likely to lead him to hell.

    The Situation in Russia

  • Bolshevism is simply Prussianism turned upside down.

    Democracy or Bolshevism

  • Bolshevism is a state of mind; it was born in the bowels of Prussianism; it is the illegitimate child of Prussianism laid on the doorstep of the world.

    Democracy or Bolshevism

  • In answer to the query of whether or not he thought Bolshevism would cross the frontier into Germany, he said ironically: "If Bolshevism is a danger to us, why is it not a danger for France or for England?"

    Six Red Months in Russia: An Observer's Account of Russia Before and During the Proletarian Dictatorship

  • In days of what some call Bolshevism, it may be said that most states are houses in which the kitchen has declared war on the drawing-room.

    The New Jerusalem


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