Pronunciation: (sō'vē-i-tiz"um), [key]
1. (sometimes l.c.) a soviet system of government.
2. (often l.c.) the practices and principles of a soviet government, esp. as it implies communism.
3. a characteristic, mannerism, phrase, etc., expressive of or identifiable with the ideology of the Soviet Union.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.