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(So"cial*ism) n. [Cf. F. socialisme.] A theory or system of social reform which contemplates
a complete reconstruction of society, with a more just and equitable distribution of property and labor. In
popular usage, the term is often employed to indicate any lawless, revolutionary social scheme. See
Communism, Fourierism, Saint- Simonianism, forms of socialism.
[Socialism] was first applied in England to Owen's theory of social reconstruction, and in France to those
also of St. Simon and Fourier . . . The word, however, is used with a great variety of meaning, . . .
even by economists and learned critics. The general tendency is to regard as socialistic any interference
undertaken by society on behalf of the poor, . . . radical social reform which disturbs the present system
of private property . . . The tendency of the present socialism is more and more to ally itself with the
most advanced democracy.Encyc. Brit.
We certainly want a true history of socialism, meaning by that a history of every systematic attempt to
provide a new social existence for the mass of the workers.F. Harrison.
(So"cial*ist), n. [Cf. F. socialiste.] One who advocates or practices the doctrines of socialism.
(So"cial*ist, So`cial*is"tic), a. Pertaining to, or of the nature of, socialism.
(So`ci*al"i*ty) n. [Cf. F. socialisté, L. socialitas.] The quality of being social; socialness.
(So"cial*ize) v. t.
1. To render social.
2. To subject to, or regulate by, socialism.
(So"cial*ly), adv. In a social manner; sociably.
(So"cial*ness), n. The quality or state of being social.
(So"ci*ate) a. [L. sociatus, p. p. of sociare to associate, fr. socius companion.] Associated.
(So"ci*ate), n. An associate. [Obs.]
As for you, Dr. Reynolds, and your sociates.Fuller.
(So"ci*ate) v. i. To associate. [Obs.] Shelford.
(So*ci`e*ta"ri*an) a. Of or pertaining to society; social.
The all-sweeping besom of societarian reformation.Lamb.
(So*ci"e*ta*ry) a. Societarian. [R.]
(So*ci"e*ty) n.; pl. Societies [L. societas, fr. socius a companion: cf. F. société. See Social.]
1. The relationship of men to one another when associated in any way; companionship; fellowship; company.
"Her loved society." Milton.
There is society where none intrudesByron.
By the deep sea, and music in its roar.
2. Connection; participation; partnership. [R.]
The meanest of the people and such as have the least society with the acts and crimes of kings.Jer.