Bolshevik



a member of the more radical majority of the Social Democratic Party, 1903–17, advocating immediate and forceful seizure of power by the proletariat.
(after 1918) a member of the Russian Communist Party.

(loosely) a member of any Communist party.
(often lowercase) Disparaging. a contemptuous term used to refer to an extreme radical or revolutionary.
Contemporary Examples

Why Aren’t There More Women Libertarians, Ctd? Justin Green January 7, 2013
The Trotsky Legend Debunked Michael Kazin December 7, 2009
Are the Iranian Leaders Morons? David Frum June 26, 2012
The Utterly Pointless First World War Michael F. Bishop May 21, 2013
Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself P. J. O’Rourke May 10, 2014

Historical Examples

A Poor Wise Man Mary Roberts Rinehart
Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
Mystery at Geneva Rose Macaulay
Panther Eye Roy J. Snell
With the “Die-Hards” in Siberia John Ward

noun (pl) -viks, -viki (-ˈviːkɪ)
(formerly) a Russian Communist Compare Menshevik
any Communist
(often not capital) (jocular, derogatory) any political radical, esp a revolutionary
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