Share this entry

Marxism Syllabification: Marx·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈmärkˌsizəm/

Definition of Marxism in English:

noun

The political and economic theories of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, later developed by their followers to form the basis for the theory and practice of communism.

Central to Marxist theory is an explanation of social change in terms of economic factors, according to which the means of production provide the economic base, which influences or determines the political and ideological superstructure. Marx and Engels predicted the revolutionary overthrow of capitalism by the proletariat and the eventual attainment of a classless communist society

Example sentences
  • In reality, he lost any connection to Bolshevism and Marxism many decades before he died.
  • It is based, of course, on a complete rejection of Marxism and genuine socialism.
  • That strategy was essential for the growth of socialism and Marxism in Scotland.

Derivatives

Marxian

1
Pronunciation: /ˈmärksēən/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The government was to play an active role in controlling the economy, but unlike Marxian socialism, the state was not to take over the means of production.
  • Even many of the most ardent capitalists have learned the Marxian lesson that unrestrained free market capitalism creates a permanent underclass that is much more likely to revolt and overthrow the system.
  • According to the Marxian doctrines of imperialism, there prevails within an unhampered market society a tendency toward the establishment of monopolies.

Definition of Marxism in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources