es·​tab·​lish·​men·​tar·​i·​an i-ˌsta-blish-mən-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce establishmentarian (audio)
: of, relating to, or favoring the social or political establishment
establishmentarian noun
establishmentarianism noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web On paper, Rhodes looks like an establishmentarian par excellence: prep school, Rice University, presidential speechwriter and deputy national security adviser by his early 30s. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 After Chris Matthews, the beloved embodiment of MSNBC’s establishmentarian centrism, compared Mr. Sanders’s campaign to the Nazi invasion of France, Mr. Sanders’s supporters began a drumbeat of criticism that helped lead to Mr. Matthews’ ouster. Ben Smith, New York Times, 11 Mar. 2020 Among the French of those times and among the establishmentarian American big wigs of our new century, there is the art of hinting and letting the damage dangle in the air. John Kass,, 17 Apr. 2018 As Fred Bauer argues, Moore’s defeat offers a lesson for both the party’s establishmentarian and populist wings. Theodore Kupfer, National Review, 15 Dec. 2017 This points to the obvious establishmentarian critique of the Cotton Doctrine: that a shortsighted focus on security over values and national interest over multilateralism risks damaging American interests in the long run. Jason Willick, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2017 Consider two counties: The Trump base bastion of Wilkes County, North Carolina, where Trump grew the GOP advantage in 2016, and establishmentarian Delaware County Ohio, where the Republican edge slipped last November. Dante Chinni, NBC News, 22 Oct. 2017 There is no display of establishmentarian cravenness more thorough than that offered up by Paul Ryan in his interview with Sean Hannity last night. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, 28 Sep. 2017 Mr. Micklethwait disagreed that his newsroom had become more reflexively establishmentarian. Ravi Somaiya, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of establishmentarian was in 1847

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“Establishmentarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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