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a member of the political Left or a person sympathetic to its views.
of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or advocated by the political Left.
Contemporary Examples

JVP has been marginalized for years even by Jewish leftist organizations such as J-Street.
Bad Faith on Two States Shaul Magid June 3, 2012

Spector studied law after stints in the military and a “leftist kibbutz in Israel.”
Mexico Murders Prompt Asylum Pleas Terry Greene Sterling September 29, 2011

Two leftist parties who say they are ready to work with the Islamists have also performed well.
Tunisia’s First Free Elections Ursula Lindsey October 23, 2011

And then, if Pope Francis is still with us, we may well see the leftist saints come marching in.
Why Pope Francis Wants to Declare Murdered Archbishop Romero a Saint Christopher Dickey August 23, 2014

In an academic, leftist setting, the question made a kind of sense.
Arthur Sulzberger’s NYT Paywall Defense Nick Summers April 5, 2011

Two leftist parties who say they are ready to work with the Islamists also performed well.
Gaddafi Buried in Secret Desert Grave The Daily Beast October 22, 2011

If modernism was going to be acceptable, its leftist leanings had to be gotten rid of.
How Jews Created American Modernism Andrew Romano July 31, 2014

Historical Examples

Gramsci, the Sardinian leftist philosopher, suggested the need for a language of the proletariat.
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin

Ray has always had the propaganda that he is a leftist and that he is Castro without Castro.
Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

I have in mind—was this in your opinion a rightist plot, a leftist plot, an anarchist plot?
Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

of, tending towards, or relating to the political left or its principles
a person who supports or belongs to the political left

1897, from left (adj.) in the political sense + -ist.

One who holds a left-wing viewpoint; someone who seeks radical social and economic change in the direction of greater equality.


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