Adjective "leftwing" definition and examples

Definitions and examples


The radical, reforming, or socialist section of a political party or system.
  1. 'He's stood for most of what the left wing of the Democratic Party has stood for since 1972.'
  2. 'They became the core of the left wing of the Synarchist network, throughout the Caribbean region and below.'
  3. 'Wales has always had strong left wing and radical political parties and leaders.'
  4. 'Luxemburg was among the greatest revolutionaries of the 20th century, leading the left wing of the German socialist movement.'
  5. 'Nevertheless, he is considered to be part of the party's left wing.'
  6. 'I don't know that anyone is in a position to do that and certainly not the left wing of the Labour Party.'
  7. 'The right wing allied itself with the Democratic Party, the left wing became a component part of the new Communist Party.'
  8. 'The United States, particularly the left wing of the Democratic Party, also lives with a guilty conscience.'
  9. 'Fuller's stance on most social and economic issues puts him in the Democratic party's left wing.'
The left side of a team on the field in soccer, rugby, and field hockey.
  1. 'Some slick passing by Chelsea in midfield releases Frank Lampard down the left wing.'
  2. 'He's been a consistent performer over his 170 games for Liverpool whether he's played at left back or on the left wing.'
  3. 'Zidane took a free-kick from the left wing that curled all the way to the far post.'
  4. 'At Marston Moor, in 1644, he commanded the left wing of the royalist army.'
  5. 'McClellan's left wing would then march south and strike Buckeystown and cut off the Confederate line of retreat.'
  6. 'Roughly the same time two divisions were sent by Lee to reinforce the left wing.'


Radical, reforming, or socialist.
  1. 'I note that the members of left wing political parties tend to have side organisations which tend to factionalise.'
  2. 'At different times in Labour's history the party's left wing critics have been told they open the door to letting the Tories back in.'
  3. 'Many left wing political organisations in India talk about the need to organise among the working class, but then see elections as the best way of implementing their ideas.'
  4. 'The grand coalition's programme marks a complete break with the SPD's election campaign, in which the party used left wing language to try to hold on to votes.'
  5. 'Union activists and left wing officials told Socialist Worker it would be a disaster to become mesmerised by those talks.'
  6. 'The far left was also hit by the Socialist Party's appeal for left wing voters to unite behind it, as well as by its own disunity.'
  7. 'Mark was a rank and file activist and is a left wing socialist.'
  8. 'He is a former left wing socialist and mass strike leader.'
  9. 'The former left wing socialist and strike leader got 47 percent of votes, almost double that of any other candidate.'
  10. 'This is because union activist are more left wing than Labour party members and ordinary members are less likely to vote.'


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 or radical position.

More examples(as adjective)

"parties can be leftwing."

"governments can be leftwing."

"groups can be leftwing."

"bodies can be leftwing."

"violences can be leftwing."

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(left wing)