left wing

left wing
left′ wing′
gov the liberal or radical element in a political party or other organization
Etymology: 1700–10 left′-wing′, adj. left′-wing′er, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • left-wing — adj a left wing person or group supports the political aims of groups such as Socialists and ↑Communists ≠ ↑right wing ▪ a left wing newspaper ▪ a left wing political organization. ▪ She s got very left wing views. >left wing n [singular] ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • left-wing — adjective * someone who is left wing has SOCIALIST aims and ideas, for example that property, money, and power should be shared more equally: radical left wing activists a. used about left wing theories, policies, etc.: a left wing agenda ─… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • left wing — (n.) also (as an adjective) left wing, 1871 in the political sense (1530s in a military formation sense), from LEFT (Cf. left) (adj.) + WING (Cf. wing) (n.). Related: Left winger …   Etymology dictionary

  • left wing — n. Those trying to reform the established order, particularly in political matters, to enhance the condition of the common people; sometimes applied to those advocating overthrow of an existing government by radical means. Syn: left, left wing,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • left-wing|er — «LEHFT WIHNG uhr», noun. a left wing member of a political party or a supporter of left wing political views …   Useful english dictionary

  • left-wing — a. 1. Of or pertaining to the political left or its ideology. [PJC] 2. Believing in or supporting tenets of the political left. Syn: leftist, left of center. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • left wing — n. [see LEFT1, n. 4] the more liberal or radical section of a political party, group, etc. left wing adj. left winger n …   English World dictionary

  • left-wing — left wing; left wing·er; …   English syllables

  • left wing — ► NOUN 1) the radical, reforming, or socialist section of a political party or system. [ORIGIN: with reference to the National Assembly in France (1789 91), where the nobles sat to the president s right and the commons to the left.] 2) the left… …   English terms dictionary

  • left wing — left wing, adj. left winger, n. 1. members of a liberal or radical political party, or those favoring extensive political reform. 2. such a party or a group of such parties. 3. the part of a political or social organization advocating a liberal… …   Universalium

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