Simple Definition of unreconstructed
—used to describe someone who has strongly held opinions and beliefs that have not changed even though they have been criticized or have become unpopular
Full Definition of unreconstructed
: not reconciled to some political, economic, or social change <an unreconstructed rebel>; also : holding stubbornly to a particular belief, view, place, or style <an unreconstructed hard-liner>
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The reorganization and reestablishment of the seceded states in the Union after the American Civil War is referred to as the Reconstruction. In 1867 a writer for Harper's Weekly came up with the word unreconstructed for political candidates not reconciled to the outcome of the War and the changes enacted during the Reconstruction. The word immediately caught on with readers and has been used to refer to intransigent or dyed-in-the-wool partisans ever since. The word has also been used outside of political and social contexts. For instance, a person might be "an unreconstructed rocker" or "an unreconstructed romantic."
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