American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Trotsky, Leon 1879-1940. Russian revolutionary theoretician. A leader of the Bolshevik Revolution (1917), he was later expelled from the Communist Party (1927) and banished (1929) for his opposition to the authoritarianism of Stalin and his emphasis on world revolution. His writings include Literature and Revolution (1925) and the autobiographical My Life (1930). Trotsky was murdered at the behest of Stalin while in exile in Mexico.
- n. Russian revolutionary and Communist theorist who helped Lenin and built up the army; he was ousted from the Communist Party by Stalin and eventually assassinated in Mexico (1879-1940)
“The Museo Leon Trotsky is located at Viena 45, about seven blocks northeast of the Plaza Hidalgo in central Coyoacán.”
“It can mean one who, like Trotsky, wished for world revolution; or a member of the actual organization of which Trotsky is head (the only legitimate use of the word); or the disguised Fascist already mentioned.”
“The People's Commissars which are the Cabinet or Ministry, of which Trotsky is one, Lunarcharsky another, and so on, are elected by the Central Executive Committee.”
“Trotsky is slight of build, wears thick glasses and has dark, stormy eyes.”
“(ii) A member of the actual organization of which Trotsky is head.”
“Mr. Service, however, clarifies an aspect of Trotsky's belief and behavior that bears directly on what Mr. Rubenstein calls Trotsky's "curiously passive" stance during the period after Lenin's death, when Stalin was busily lining up allies and consolidating his hold on power.”
“When Napoleon steals Snowball’s idea for a windmill, the windmill can be considered a symbol of the Soviet Five-Year Plans, a concept developed by Trotsky and adopted by Stalin, who, after banning Trotsky from the Soviet Union, claimed them to be his idea.”
“To paraphrase Trotsky, he may not be interested in a battle with the Europe Union, but Europe will be interested in a battle with him.”
“I mean, you first have to believe that the Bolsheviks won only because of the irreplaceable brilliance of Lenin and Trotsky, which is debatable in and of itself.”
“You have to remember, Stalin was calling Trotsky a right-winger back in those days.”
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