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1. (Noun) A person who embrace some or all of the ideas of Marx.
Common political agendas include:
Redistribution of wealth (from rich to poor), social security, free education & healthcare, strengthening of labour unions.
Socialists usually have less orthodox oppinions than communists, though a person can be both. A socialist will usually distance himself from communist dictators like Stalin, and instead claim loyalty to the original ideas of Marx and Lenin.
Unlike a communist, a socialist need not to be an atheist.

2. (Verb) Attributed to a country said to have a socialist system. This is often confused with communism, which according to Marx is a system where true equality exist, and the state have been made unneccesary. Most socialist agree that no country have had a truely communist regime.
1. "He is a socialist, not a communist."
"Why?"
"He doesn't support dictators like Stalin."

2. The socialist party favour better healthcare over tax cuts.
by migB September 05, 2007
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One who adheres to the principles of socialism. Based off the acceptance of one or all of Karl Marx's ideals as displayed in "The Communist Manifesto". The point being equal distribution of wealth so as to alleviate poverty.
The right wing tends to insult those who call themselves socialist by saying that, "they're lazy" and "they want our hard earned money to sit on their ass and not be productive." These claims are completely unfounded as most socialist states have below 1% unemployment as opposed to capitalistic nations, EX: the U.S. Standing at 9% unemployment.
Socialists differ from the idea of a communist in that one does not need to be atheist. The system and deliberation of labor are also different as within a socialist society, one is free to choose their occupation which leads to people doing what they're good at as opposed to a dead end job leading to more productivity and happiness.
Some of the most effective countries on the planet have been socialist in certain points in history including, Vietnam, Cuba, and France.
Bill: OBAMA IS A SOCIALIST FOR HEALTHCARE!!
Ted: You're an ignorant meat head, Obama is a capitalist democrat and in no way a socialist. The healthcare overhaul has a few socialist ideals but freedom in the pursuit of happiness in part of our constitution, its difficult to be happy when you're dying of a curable disease and your own people wont help you because they're greedy slobs. Please get off the internet.
by Socialist GOD May 31, 2011
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Current meaning: social-democrat; democratic socialist

A person who believes in a socialist doctrine within a free society. Believes that the state has a responsibility to its people and must provide certain rights such as health and education. Believes in the equality of humanity regardless of race, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc. as long as these bear no harm on others. Realizes that life is not fair or simply black and white and that the poor are not always "lazy", as conservatives say to keep their ill-gotten gains. Usually empathetic people who prefer to help their kin instead of watching them rot.

Not to be confused with democrat. Anyone with an ounce of political knowledge would know they are not similar in the least.

Antonyms: republican, neoliberal, american, asshole
Rachel: I hear Obama's a socialist.
Tim: Of course he isn't you ill-educated, ignorant oaf. If you knew anything about socialism you would see he's another conservative dick. He's more conservative than the conservatives in my own country.

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Sara: I believe in equality for all.
Alexis: What are you? A socialist?
Sara: Of course I am, you silly girl.
by the_wiseman June 30, 2014
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A person who believes in the principles of socialism. Key amongst these is the belief in the duties of the state to the individual and the individual to the state. In socialism power rests with the state and the individual's rights are second to those of the mass of people, the state. These principles are found in many countries across the world, some example countries are Britian, Germany, France, Japan, Israel and Australia (these coutries are joined by many others).
A notable non-socialist country is America (although socilaim is not anti american, just anti poverty and corruption, so america just happens to be in the firing line)where the followers of the republican party are keen to denounce socialist principles as communist (they aren't) and to protray socialism as giving enterprising people's money to those who don't work. This common misconception is partly responasible for American's world beating selfishness and the existence within that country of areas so poor they are lower in HDI than areas of India.
The people were opposed to the socialist candidate, taking the money of the enterprising to give to layabouts. The hard working indivduals of the postal sorting offices, cube farms and factory production lines were bitterly against giving their hard earned money to those layabout congressmen, smoking execs and the lazy 'business' consultants. Yep that socialist guy was bad
by Jon David D July 02, 2006
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Anyone who is not a hard right-wing republican. Often used interchangeably with Marxist.
Only socialists think across the board tax cuts are a bad idea ever.
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A euphemism for the word "nigger". Typically used by uneducated, toothless, in-bred morons from the south who don't even understand what real socialism is.
"That Barack Obama is suchhhhhhhh a socialist!!!"
by MetalMan1123 November 10, 2012
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A person believing in basic amounts of equality for all individuals. Different variations hold different extremes, ranging from free government-provided basic medical, financial and educational services to complete redistribution of wealth.

Does not hate America, in fact, most see it as the greatest country on Earth. But rather than sit back, ignore the problems it still has and be happy the way it is, they look for ways to further improve life for all its people.

A common feature of socialists is the desire to focus on human issues (poverty, illness and education) rather than social issues (abortion, gay marriage, religion). This causes most neoconservatives to hate them with every beat of their cold, black hearts.
Socialist: So, you don't want to pay more taxes to fund care for everyone? Fine. Let's legalize marijuana, something we spend billions of dollars a year trying to get rid of while fighting a losing battle. We'll apply heavy taxes to its sale, similar to alcohol or cigarettes, with appropriate age restrictions for purchase and use. Nonviolent offenders will be freed, and most drug dealers will forced out of business. We'll take the tax money created there -- along with the billions spent quarterly on police and federal prisons -- to actually pump Social Security back to life and establish free clinics, and expand tuition assistance. The boost to the economy from an entirely new multi-billion dollar industry will allow job growth and provide millions of people to get new or better jobs.
Neoconservative: Why do you hate America?
by BeanSpleen June 05, 2007
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