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

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 Both selections reflected the former president’s centrist-leaning, coalition-building brand of liberalism — rounding out a list that seems to run, at least among the bookish, solidly down the middle. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 In Oregon’s 5th Congressional District, centrist Rep. Kurt Schrader was trailing a progressive challenger after their primary last week; the results were delayed by ballot counting problems. Nicholas Riccardi, Chicago Tribune, 25 May 2022 But justices such as Sandra Day O'Connor and other centrist-conservatives have been succeeded by a new generation of more conservative Republican appointees. Joan Biskupic, CNN, 9 Dec. 2021 French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist La République en Marche party suffered a brutal defeat in French regional elections on Sunday, according to an exit poll by Elabe. Harold Maass, The Week, 21 June 2021 Macron, seeking his second term, is a former banker and liberal centrist who burst onto the global stage five years ago with a new political party. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 22 Apr. 2022 Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, a centrist, is expected to become the country’s caretaker prime minister at midnight under a coalition agreement. Dov Lieber, WSJ, 30 June 2022 Can a political novice sell a revised, anti-Trump version of manhood in a once-centrist state that, in the past six presidential elections, has consistently voted Republican? Bill Donahue, Washington Post, 20 June 2022 The film cuts to the right-centrist soon-to-be president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing careening clownishly on skis, in a race bib. Rachel Kushner, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 See More

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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 10 Aug. 2022.

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