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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If the tariffs reach their highest level, the annual cost to households would increase by $1,700, according to Gary Hufbauer, a senior fellow at the centrist Peterson Institute for International Economics. Laura Davison, Fortune, "Trump’s Tariffs Have Already Wiped Out Tax Bill Savings for Average Americans," 7 June 2019 If the tariffs reach their highest level, the annual cost to households would increase by $1,700, according to Gary Hufbauer, a senior fellow at the centrist Peterson Institute for International Economics. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "Tariffs have already wiped out tax bill savings for average Americans," 7 June 2019 On the other side, centrists still prefer the pursuit of bipartisanship, which typically means a policy approach centered on carbon pricing. David Roberts, Vox, "After the midterms, US climate politics are even more polarized. Here’s how Dems can move forward.," 12 Nov. 2018 The Workers’ Party will have the Communist Party as its junior partner, along with a small centrist party and another fringe party on the far left. Mauricio Savarese, The Seattle Times, "Lula da Silva’s party chooses Plan B in Brazil race," 6 Aug. 2018 Yair Lapid, the leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party, cited Holocaust historians who claim at least 200,000 Jews were killed by Poles during the Holocaust. Noga Tarnopolsky, latimes.com, "Israel's Holocaust memorial says agreement between Israeli and Polish leaders includes deceptions," 5 July 2018 Todd Eberly, a political-science professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, said there is a bleaker possibility for Democrats, as well: Candidates nominated Tuesday may be so left-leaning that centrist voters will back GOP candidates in November. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "‘Political earthquake’: Progressives oust Democratic incumbents in statehouse primaries," 27 June 2018 An unwritten rule of Brexit is that barely a week goes by without suggestions that a new centrist party could prove a hit with weary voters. Robert Hutton, Bloomberg.com, "Brexit Bulletin: Brexit Fever," 4 Apr. 2018 Containment is a strategy with uncertain outcomes, except for one: Selectively endorsing the policies of right-wing populists lends these policies respectability in the eyes of centrist voters. chicagotribune.com, "Europe forgot what 'conservative' means," 22 Mar. 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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