cen·​trist | \ ˈsen-trist \

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 \ 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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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 But the group of centrists -- headed up by Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo and including other moderates like Denham -- is eager to compel action on immigration. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Paul Ryan scrambles to calm GOP insurrection over immigration," 2 Oct. 2018 Steve Sisolak is running as a centrist, and fellow board member Chris Giunchigliani is running as a progressive, knocking Sisolak for his positive rating from the National Rifle Association in light of the mass shooting in Las Vegas in October. Thomas Beaumont And Bill Barrow, chicagotribune.com, "Trump a factor as 5 states hold primary elections," 12 June 2018 None of the centrist, reform-minded candidates are polling beyond single digits. Bloomberg.com, "Prison Awaits Brazil’s Iconic Ex-President Lula After Court Loss," 5 Apr. 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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