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Definition of establishmentarian

: of, relating to, or favoring the social or political establishment

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Other Words from establishmentarian

establishmentarian noun
establishmentarianism \ i-​ˌsta-​blish-​mən-​ˈter-​ē-​ə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce establishmentarianism (audio) , -​ˌmen-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "What Bernie Sanders Gets Right About the Media," 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,, "Comey, Stephanopoulos like Varys and Littlefinger in ‘Game of Thrones’," 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, "Alabama Was an Early Warning for Senate Republicans," 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, "A Foreign Policy for ‘Jacksonian America’," 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, "Voter Data: GOP Divide Goes Beyond Washington Feud," 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, "Trump, Roy Moore, and the Craven Surrender of the GOP Establishment," 28 Sep. 2017 Mr. Micklethwait disagreed that his newsroom had become more reflexively establishmentarian. Ravi Somaiya, New York Times, "Micklethwait’s Balancing Act, After a Year as Bloomberg Editor in Chief," 14 Feb. 2016 International Christian Leadership was the Christian Coalition of its day, less visible mainly because its aesthetic was establishmentarian. Jeff Sharlet, New Republic, "Pew Research," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of establishmentarian

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Establishmentarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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