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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Other Words from centrist

centrism \ ˈsen-​ˌtri-​zəm How to pronounce centrist (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
Recent Examples on the Web Biden's shift from centrist to big spender has left progressives pleasantly surprised. Ashley Semler, CNN, 8 June 2021 The Arab party will be part of a centrist-left bloc in the government, including Lapid's large Yesh Atid party, that is expected to constrain any far-right steps against Palestinians in the West Bank. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, 5 June 2021 As a fragile truce held into its second week, Bennett finally announced his party would join with allies of centrist Yair Lapid to form a government. Laurie Kellman, ajc, 3 June 2021 Senators as ideologically diverse as Raphael Warnock of Georgia, a progressive, and Jon Tester of Montana, a centrist, warned what might happen if the party did not act. New York Times, 1 June 2021 The remaining candidates — all middle-aged men — are vying to replace President Hassan Rouhani, a centrist who is prevented by term limits from running again. Washington Post, 25 May 2021 In theory, Lapid, a telegenic centrist, could still manage to meet a June 2 deadline to patch together a governing coalition with a 61-seat Knesset majority, especially if Bennett changes his mind and returns to the table. Dina Kraft, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2021 In borrowing from the Right: French president Emmanuel Macron, a centrist who beat the right-populist Marine Le Pen in his last election, now tries to get to Le Pen’s right on issues of domestic security — and even culture. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 17 May 2021 The other theory: nominate a centrist with the hope of attracting the broadest swath of voters by appealing to independents and moderate Republicans. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, 9 May 2021

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First Known Use of centrist

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of centrist was in 1872

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13 Jun 2021

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“Centrist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centrist. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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