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|part of speech:
||the theory of a classless social system in which all property and means of production are owned in common; socialist theory deriving from the works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
||(sometimes cap.) a social system, esp. that of the former Soviet Union, in which all means of production are owned by the state.
||the international movement to establish state socialism as the dominant world social system.
The word communism
contains the following part:
that means doctrine, belief, theory
More about this word part:
The suffix -ism2 has the same origin as -ism1 but attaches to bases of diverse origins to form nouns denoting doctrines, beliefs, or theories. In the growing group of words modeled on the word "racism
means "bias based on," as in "sexism
" and "ageism
." The majority of nouns ending in -ism2 have a corresponding adjective and noun form ending in -ist.