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A blanket term used to childishly insult anyone who even slightly defends any aspect of socialism the accuser doesn't like.

Formerly used to refer only to supporters of Joseph Stalin, it has been infinitely expanded.
Samantha: I think we should have Medicare for All.
Jack: I think we should nationalize the banks and all fortune 500 companies.
Samantha: No Jack! We still need capitalism! Stop being such a tankie.
Conservative Joe: Those are both socialism, you damn tankies.
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(noun) A leftist who is so overly concerned with not being mistaken for a liberal that they accidentally became a conservative.
Kyle: Everyone is so obsessed with identity politics now.
Rosa: Don't be such a tankie, Kyle.
by blurplethegreat January 26, 2020
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"Tankie" refers to principled Communists who have the balls to support and carry on the tradition of supporting revolunarys across the globe instead of LARPers who's "Leftist activism" begins and ends at screaming "b-B-but nOoOt rEaL cOmmUnisM"

It is used mostly in online spaces by self-proclaimed "anarchists" (read: anti-communists and Liberals who like dressing their slogans in rosy sounding language draping them in red and black)
Bob: "your a real Tankie, you know that?"

Felix: "damn right you f****** Lib"
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1) Communists who are anti american imperialism to the extent that they defend cartoonishly bad people/countries as long as they claim to be socialist and challenged the interests of the U.S. or other western countries. They can be found defending Joseph Stalin, Bashar al-Assad, and North Korea.
It began as an insult to members of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), who supported the Soviet Union's response to the Hungarian Revolution (1956) and the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia (1968)

2) People who fetishize the aesthetics of 20th century socialist states and treat communism like a social group rather than a political ideology; not everyone who calls themself communist on Twitter is a tankie.
Tankie: "I try not to argue with people Lenin would have shot."
T: "Come back after you've read theory, Radlib."
T: "Happy birthday, Stalin! πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ"
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by Whette Aeggue December 27, 2020
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Tankie: A word describing a delusional communist supporter that denies the countless genocides committed by the USSR and other communist/socialist countries.
Person 1: The ccp are great and don’t systematically kill Muslims. Also all Muslims are terrorists and deserve to be systematically murdered.

Person 2: I really hate you 14 year old genocide denying tankie that knows nothing about anything.
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A member of the Royal Tank Regiment of the British Army. The RTR are part of the Royal Armoured Corps- the rest are generally referred to as donkey wallopers or cav ( bit too yankee).
(German accent)- Mein Gott the Tankies are kicking off down Mindener Strasse again!
(2nd German)- Ja, 7 Sigs they never learn !
by I ain't that daft February 15, 2005
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A non-white politically conscious human being whose politics are to the left of the person uttering the word (most likely a white liberal)

Also see: authoritarian, totalitarian, authcom, uncivilised, uppity baboon,
P1:"They think non-white nations should be able to rule themselves, choose their own political-economic system, without considering our western models as their end goal!"

P2: "Wow, they are such a Tankie!"
by Anti-Anglo-Aktion April 11, 2021
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