Soviet Union



Clipping of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Attested since October 1919 in U.S. newspapers.[1]


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɒviət ˈjuːniən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsoʊviət ˈjuːniən/
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Proper nounEdit

the Soviet Union

  1. (historical, 1922–1991) A constitutionally socialist state in Eurasia that existed from 1922 to 1991.
    • 2005, Tony Judt, “The Impossible Settlement”, in Postwar: A history of Europe since 1945, London: Vintage Books, published 2010, →ISBN:
      Hence the famous February 9th 1946 speech at the Bolshoi Theatre, where Stalin announced that the Soviet Union was returning to its pre-war emphasis on industrialization, war-preparedness, and the inevitabibility of conflict between capitalism and Communism, and made explicit what was already obvious, that henceforth the Soviet Union would cooperate with the West only when it suited her.
  2. (historical, informal) The Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.


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  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “Soviet Union”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.