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Communism (from Latin communis - common, universal) is a revolutionary socialist movement to create a classless, moneyless, and stateless social order structured upon common ownership of the means of production, as well as a social, political and economic ideology that aims at the establishment of this social order.

communism n 1: a form of socialism that abolishes private ownership 2: a political theory favoring collectivism in a classless society

112 Moby Thesaurus words for "communism": Bolshevism, Castroism, Communist Information Bureau, Communist Party, Maoism, Marxian socialism, Marxism, Marxism-Leninism, Nazism, Stalinism, Titoism, Trotskyism, bipartisanship, centralism, coaction, coadjuvancy, coadministration, coagency, cochairmanship, codirectorship, collaboration, collaborativeness, collective farm, collectivism, collectivity, collegiality, collusion, commensalism, common effort, common enterprise, common ownership, communal effort, communalism, communion, communitarianism, community, complicity, concert, concord, concordance, concurrence, constitutionalism, cooperation, cooperative society, cooperativeness, democracy, democratic centralism, democratism, dialectical materialism, duet, duumvirate, ecumenicalism, ecumenicism, ecumenism, esprit, esprit de corps, fascism, federalism, fellow feeling, fellowship, feudalism, feudality, governmentalism, harmony, imperialism, iron curtain, joining of forces, joint effort, joint operation, kibbutz, kolkhoz, mass action, monarchism, morale, mutual assistance, mutualism, mutuality, national socialism, neofascism, octet, parliamentarianism, parliamentarism, pluralism, political principles, pooling, pooling of resources, profit sharing, public ownership, pulling together, quartet, quintet, reciprocity, republicanism, revisionism, royalism, septet, sextet, sharecropping, socialism, solidarity, state ownership, statism, symbiosis, synergism, synergy, team spirit, teamwork, town meeting, trio, triumvirate, troika, united action

Communism \Com"mu*nism\, n. [F. communisme, fr. commun common.] A scheme of equalizing the social conditions of life; specifically, a scheme which contemplates the abolition of inequalities in the possession of property, as by distributing all wealth equally to all, or by holding all wealth in common for the equal use and advantage of all. [1913 Webster] Note: At different times, and in different countries, various schemes pertaining to socialism in government and the conditions of domestic life, as well as in the distribution of wealth, have been called communism. [1913 Webster]


Fascism () is a radical authoritarian nationalist political ideology. Fascists seek elevation of their nation based on commitment to an organic national community where its individuals are united together as one people in national identity.

fascism n : a political theory advocating an authoritarian hierarchical government (as opposed to democracy or liberalism)

72 Moby Thesaurus words for "fascism": Jim Crow, Jim Crow law, Nazism, anti-Semitism, apartheid, argumentum baculinum, big stick, black power, black supremacy, centralism, chauvinism, class consciousness, class distinction, class hatred, class prejudice, class war, collectivism, color bar, color line, communism, constitutionalism, democratism, despotism, discrimination, domination, domineering, federalism, feudalism, feudality, governmentalism, heavy hand, high hand, imperialism, iron boot, iron hand, iron heel, know-nothingism, male chauvinist, minority prejudice, monarchism, national socialism, neofascism, oppression, parliamentarianism, parliamentarism, pluralism, political principles, race hatred, race prejudice, race snobbery, racial discrimination, racialism, racism, red-baiting, reign of terror, republicanism, royalism, segregation, sex discrimination, sexism, social barrier, social discrimination, socialism, statism, superpatriotism, terrorism, thought control, tyranny, ultranationalism, white power, white supremacy, xenophobia

fascism \fasc"ism\ (f[a^]sh"[i^]z'm) n. 1. a political theory advocating an authoritarian hierarchical government; -- opposed to {democracy} and {liberalism}. [WordNet 1.5] 2. an authoritarian system of government under absolute control of a single dictator, allowing no political opposition, forcibly suppressing dissent, and rigidly controlling most industrial and economic activities. Such regimes usually try to achieve popularity by a strongly nationalistic appeal, often mixed with racism. [PJC] 3. Specifically, the Fascist movement led by Benito Mussolini in Italy from 1922 to 1943. [PJC] 4. broadly, a tendency toward or support of a strongly authoritarian or dictatorial control of government or other organizations; -- often used pejoratively in this sense. [PJC]

Data Sources:

  • communism: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • communism: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • communism: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • fascism: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • fascism: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • fascism: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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