a. A member of a movement or political party that advocates Communism.
b. A supporter of such a party or movement.
2. A Communard.
3. often communist A radical viewed as a subversive or revolutionary.
1. often communist Relating to, characteristic of, or held to resemble communism or Communists.
2. communist Supporting, advocating, or serving to further communism: communist propaganda.
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