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

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Klobuchar says, indicating a book on her coffee table, The Road to Character, by notable centrist David Brooks. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Personable, Popular, Pragmatic: Is Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar the Democrat’s Secret Weapon?," 15 Jan. 2019 The party is betting that candidates like O’Connor — centrist and inoffensive — can compete in historically Republican districts like the 12th. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Ohio special election too close to call, but Republican Troy Balderson holds slim lead," 8 Aug. 2018 McCaskill served two terms in the Senate and is now, in her last week, one of its few ardent centrists. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "What It's Like to Lose in the Year of the Woman," 21 Dec. 2018 Throughout the election, Macron has been seen as a centrist who is unlikely to bring about radical change. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Emmanuel Macron? 5 Things You Need to Know About the Next President of France," 7 May 2017 Among them was Ocasio-Cortez, the young bartender who ran against incumbent centrist Democrat Joe Crowley in the New York’s 14th District primary. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Are these the sorts of approaches sufficient to attract centrists while still satisfying progressive activists? Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Could an Amy Klobuchar Solve Democrats’ Dilemma?," 17 Dec. 2018 That was a rise of 5 percentage points in just a few weeks, but still behind Bolsonaro's 24 percent, left-leaning Ciro Gomes' 13 percent, centrist Marina Silva's 11 percent and right-leaning Geraldo Alckmin's 10 percent. Fox News, "Brazil's da Silva names sucessor, but will voters follow?," 12 Sep. 2018 That’s because, despite Torba’s purported best efforts, many of the centrist, libertarian, or just plain apolitical people Gab might want to attract already have social media platforms — namely Twitter and Facebook. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Gab, the social media platform favored by the alleged Pittsburgh shooter, explained," 29 Oct. 2018

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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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