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1revolutionary

adjective rev·o·lu·tion·ary \-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
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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
REVOLUTIONARY Defined for Kids

revolutionary

adjective rev·o·lu·tion·ary \ˌre-və-ˈlü-shə-ˌner-ē\

Definition of REVOLUTIONARY for Kids

1
:  relating to or involving rebellion against a ruler or government <revolutionary leaders>
2
:  being or bringing about a big or important change <a revolutionary invention>
3
cap :  of or relating to the American Revolution

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