noun a member of the non-Leninist wing of the Russian Social Democratic Workers' Party, defeated by the Bolsheviks in 1917.
from Russ. Menʻshevik 'a member of the minority', from menʻshe 'less'.

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  • Menshevik — noun (plural Mensheviks or Mensheviki) Etymology: Russian men shevik, from men she less; from their forming the minority group of the party Date: 1907 a member of a wing of the Russian Social Democratic party before and during the Russian… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • menshevik — men·she·vik …   English syllables

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  • Menshevik — /ˈmɛnʃəvɪk/ (say menshuhvik) noun (plural Mensheviki /ˈmɛnʃəvɪki/ (say menshuhvikee) or Mensheviks) Russian History a member of a less radical socialist party or group of the Social Democratic Party opposing the Bolshevik government. {Russian:… …   Australian English dictionary

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