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 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
Recent Examples on the Web Booker has portrayed McGrath as a milquetoast centrist, ignoring how a moderate may be more electable in the ruby-red state. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "After Bernie Sanders loss, Left tries to show political muscle in congressional primaries," 18 June 2020 Other signs the pandemic is having a severe impact, according to the Urban Institute, a centrist think tank: 31% of survey respondents reported their families cut spending on food. Alain Sherter, CBS News, "Millions of Americans can't afford food, rent and other basics, report finds," 28 Apr. 2020 The centrists would cry that the left undermined the Democratic candidate (especially if there were a third-party candidate who ended up corralling some chunk of the left-wing vote). Michael Tomasky, The New York Review of Books, "The Party Cannot Hold," 27 Feb. 2020 Hate to wake you up The Democrats have always been split, to a greater or lesser extent, between the more left-wing and the more centrist. The Economist, "Iowa overShadowed The shambolic Iowa caucuses did little to unite the Democrats," 6 Feb. 2020 Nearly all are centrists and number among the party’s most vulnerable lawmakers in November’s elections: freshmen from districts Trump won in 2016. Time, "Democrats Push Contentious $3 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package Through House," 16 May 2020 The concept of automatic stabilizers is embraced by many centrist and left-of-center technocrats, including the last two leaders of the Federal Reserve. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "Economists Want to Put Stimulus on Autopilot. Congress Has Other Ideas.," 15 May 2020 On the ballot is the Democratic presidential nomination, as well as a battle between the Democratic Party’s centrist and left wings in a primary for a competitive House seat controlled by the GOP. Fox News, "Voters in 3 states head to polls amid coronavirus crisis, as GOP hopes for special election wins," 12 May 2020 Right-wingers felt betrayed by Mr. Netanyahu’s surrender of half the government to Mr. Gantz and his small band of centrists. Adam Rasgon, New York Times, "Israelis Find Little to Love in Their New Government, Except No More Elections," 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of centrist

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Centrist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centrist. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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