revolutionary


1rev·o·lu·tion·ary

adjective \-shə-ˌner-ē\

: relating to, involving, or supporting a political revolution

: causing or relating to a great or complete change

Full Definition of REVOLUTIONARY

1
a :  of, relating to, or constituting a revolution <revolutionary war>
b :  tending to or promoting revolution
c :  constituting or bringing about a major or fundamental change <a revolutionary new product>
2
capitalized :  of or relating to the American Revolution or to the period in which it occurred
rev·o·lu·tion·ar·i·ly \-ˌlü-shə-ˈner-ə-lē\ adverb
rev·o·lu·tion·ar·i·ness \-ˈlü-shə-ˌner-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of REVOLUTIONARY

  1. <a candidate with a lot of crazy, revolutionary ideas that no one seems to be going for>
  2. <revolutionary forces that were soundly defeated before reaching the capital>

First Known Use of REVOLUTIONARY

1774

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin

2revolutionary

noun

: someone who leads, joins, or wants a revolution

plural revolutionar·ies

Full Definition of REVOLUTIONARY

1
:  one engaged in a revolution
2
:  an advocate or adherent of revolutionary doctrines

Examples of REVOLUTIONARY

  1. <after the collapse of the Russian monarchy, the moderate socialists briefly governed until being overthrown by the Bolshevik revolutionaries>
  2. <at first the government was not worried about this small band of unarmed revolutionaries>

First Known Use of REVOLUTIONARY

1850

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism

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