Syn. Share; participation; fellowship; converse; intercourse; unity; concord; agreement.
(Com"mu*nism) n. [F. communisme, fr. commun common.] A scheme of equalizing
the social conditions of life; specifically, a scheme which contemplates the abolition of inequalities in the
possession of property, as by distributing all wealth equally to all, or by holding all wealth in common for
the equal use and advantage of all.
At different times, and in different countries, various schemes pertaining to socialism in government and
the conditions of domestic life, as well as in the distribution of wealth, have been called communism.
(Com"mu*nist) n. [F. communiste.]
1. An advocate for the theory or practice of communism.
2. A supporter of the commune of Paris.
1. Of or pertaining to communism or communists; as, communistic theories.
2. (Zoöl.) Living or having their nests in common, as certain birds.
(Com*mu"ni*ty) n.; pl. Communities [L. communitas: cf. OF. communité. Cf. Commonalty,
and see Common.]
1. Common possession or enjoyment; participation; as, a community of goods.
The original community of all things.
An unreserved community of thought and feeling.
2. A body of people having common rights, privileges, or interests, or living in the same place under the
same laws and regulations; as, a community of monks. Hence a number of animals living in a common
home or with some apparent association of interests.
Creatures that in communities exist.
3. Society at large; a commonwealth or state; a body politic; the public, or people in general.
Burdens upon the poorer classes of the community.
In this sense, the term should be used with the definite article; as, the interests of the community.
4. Common character; likeness. [R.]
The essential community of nature between organic growth and inorganic growth.
5. Commonness; frequency. [Obs.]
Eyes . . . sick and blunted with community.