Meaning of Bolshevik


Pronunciation: (bōl'shu-vik, bol'- Russ. bul-shi-vyēk'), [key]
— pl. -viks, -vik•i
  1. (in Russia)
    1. a member of the more radical majority of the Social Democratic party, 1903–17, advocating immediate and forceful seizure of power by the proletariat.
    2. (after 1918) a member of the Russian Communist party.
  2. (loosely) a member of any Communist party.
  3. an extreme political radical; revolutionary or anarchist.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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