Etymology
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leftist (adj.)

1897, from left in the political sense + -ist.

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Definitions of leftist
1
leftist (n.)
a person who belongs to the political left;
Synonyms: collectivist / left-winger
2
leftist (adj.)
believing in or supporting tenets of the political left;
Synonyms: left-of-center / left-wing
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