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Meaning of useful idiot by Wiktionary Dictionary

useful idiot


    Etymology

    The earliest known usage in Western media is in a 1948 article in the social-democratic Italian paper L'Umanita - as cited in the New York Times article on Italian politics .

    Noun

    useful idiot ( plural: useful idiots )

    1. ( historical, pejorative, political jargon ) Soviet sympathizer in Western countries, from the perspective of the political right .
    2. ( pejorative, political jargon ) One who is seen to unwittingly support a malignant cause through their 'naive' attempts to be a force for good.

    External links

    • Useful idiot on Wikipedia .