Meaning of communism

com•mu•nism

Pronunciation: (kom'yu-niz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. a theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state.
  2. (often cap.) a system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party.
  3. (cap.) the principles and practices of the Communist party.
  4. communalism.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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