cen·​trist | \ ˈsen-trist How to pronounce centrist (audio) \

Definition of centrist

1 often capitalized : a member of a center party
2 : a person who holds moderate views

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centrism \ ˈsen-​ˌtri-​zəm How to pronounce centrism (audio) \ noun
centrist adjective

Examples of centrist in a Sentence

The candidate hopes to appeal to centrists nationwide. the centrists will most likely rally behind the candidate who favors reforming the government program—not abolishing it entirely

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The mayor has portrayed himself as a centrist on local education matters — able to work with all sides to advance the common cause of helping students. Howard Blume, latimes.com, "L.A. charter schools’ plans: Take back mayor’s office, sue district, battle teachers union," 2 July 2019 But there are party donors and influencers among them, who tend to be wary of the Party’s left and warm to candidates like Amy Klobuchar—another one of the room’s favorites—who have explicitly framed themselves as centrists. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "Moderate Democrats’ Surprising Embrace of Elizabeth Warren at the Democratic Debate," 27 June 2019 Some tried to co-opt him, by framing as themselves as centrists who will not get swept up in the progressive fervor for free college and other costly new government programs. orlandosentinel.com, "Key takeaways from night 1 of the Democratic debate in Miami," 26 June 2019 But McSally wasn’t able to defeat Sinema, who ran as a centrist and peeled away enough moderate Republicans to win by 2 percentage points. Terry Tang, The Seattle Times, "Martha McSally to fill McCain Senate seat after losing race," 19 Dec. 2018 The Democrat positioned himself as a centrist willing to buck his party on immigration and military spending, while Braun ran as an outsider who would come to office to help support President Trump’s agenda. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Mike Braun elected to US Senate: Republican wins Indiana race over centrist Democrat," 7 Nov. 2018 The Bavarian lacks televisual charisma, has no executive experience and has alienated centrists and centre-leftists with his long association with Viktor Orban, Hungary’s authoritarian prime minister. Charlemagne | Brussels, The Economist, "EU leaders fail to agree on who should lead the union for the next five years," 21 June 2019 Schwarzenegger, 71, has resumed his acting career and is chairman of the Schwarzenegger Institute at USC, a centrist think tank. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: GOP needs to change its product. Californians aren’t buying it," 20 June 2019 Meanwhile, the left draws its inspiration from a narrative that is no less patriotic and nationalistic than that of its centrist and right-wing opponents. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy and Its Discontents," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of centrist

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of centrist

: a person whose political opinions are not extreme : a person whose beliefs fall between those of liberals and conservatives

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