Definition of Stalinism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstäləˌnizəm/


1The ideology and policies adopted by Stalin, based on centralization, totalitarianism, and the pursuit of communism.
Example sentences
  • It had one of the strongest Communist parties in the world, which suffered a political catastrophe as a result of the policies of Stalinism.
  • The collapse of communism in 1989 brought to light new evidence of the horrors of Stalinism, and gave totalitarianism a new lease of life.
  • Of course the filmmaker, like the workers, has grown up under Stalinism and faces great ideological and intellectual obstacles.
1.1Any rigid centralized authoritarian form of communism.
Example sentences
  • Certainly, Stalinism, Fascism and religious fanaticism and terror, would be examples of such stifling.
  • They give up thinking for themselves - an impulse fatal to democracy but quite appropriate for fascism and Stalinism.
  • In the popular mind at present socialism and communism are identified with Stalinism.

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Syllabification: Sta·lin·ism

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