American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The strategy developed by the Bolsheviks between 1903 and 1917 with a view to seizing state power and establishing a dictatorship of the proletariat.
- n. Soviet Communism.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a form of communism based on the writings of Marx and Lenin.
- n. Soviet communism
- Bolshev(ik) + -ism. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Not that he regarded Lily's shift toward what he termed Bolshevism very seriously; all youth had a slant toward socialism, and outgrew it.”
“Most of what was wrong with Bolshevism is summed up right there.”
“The realization that those that believe in Bolshevism will use Bolshevik methods to bring about a Bolshevik state helps to clarify a lot of the seemingly dense and inept coverage of our print media.”
“Whatever the word Bolshevism may have meant originally it has come to mean fiendish treatment of women, the savage murder and mutilation of men and the wanton destruction of the accumulated labors of generations.”
“I don't feel, personally, that Bolshevism is absolutely scotched; I do not feel that we have really beaten the Germans.”
“But the Bolshevists have brains and very unscrupulous methods, and they persuade the working man that Bolshevism is going to be all right, that it is going to lead to a sort of paradise; but from what I have seen in Russia I think it is much more likely to lead him to hell.”
“Bolshevism is a state of mind; it was born in the bowels of Prussianism; it is the illegitimate child of Prussianism laid on the doorstep of the world.”
“Bolshevism is simply Prussianism turned upside down.”
“In answer to the query of whether or not he thought Bolshevism would cross the frontier into Germany, he said ironically: "If Bolshevism is a danger to us, why is it not a danger for France or for England?”
“In days of what some call Bolshevism, it may be said that most states are houses in which the kitchen has declared war on the drawing-room.”
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