lev·​el·​er | \ˈle-və-lər, ˈlev-lər\
variants: or leveller

Definition of leveler 

1 : one that levels

2a capitalized : one of a group of radicals arising during the English Civil War and advocating equality before the law and religious toleration

b : one favoring the removal of political, social, or economic inequalities

c : something that tends to reduce or eliminate differences among individuals

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Synonyms for leveler


democrat, egalitarian

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Examples of leveler in a Sentence

a nation of levelers, Norway has a tax structure designed to reduce the gap between the richest and the poorest

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Even though there was an age difference, music was the great leveler. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Jackson Odell's Friend Remembers the Late Goldbergs Actor as 'the Most Talented Artist'," 13 June 2018 The Frenchman then however fired his clearance straight at the Stoke striker, who despite a heavy collision managed to remain composed to slot home a gift of a leveler. SI.com, "Tottenham Fortifies Top-Four Place, Edges Relegation-Threatened Stoke," 7 Apr. 2018 The lack of choice does make suit purchases easier, and since people wearing suits look more or less the same, the clothing works as a kind of leveler in looks, ensuring that no one looks more interesting or exciting. Dan Ariely, WSJ, "Pick Your Own Tax Rate," 29 Mar. 2018 The courthouse is supposed to be the great leveler. Charles P. Pierce, SI.com, "Burn It All Down: It's Time For Every Last Coward Who Enabled Larry Nassar To Pay For Their Sins," 24 Jan. 2018 The leveler was a thunderous 25-yard strike from Mario Lemina that flew into the top corner, giving Ben Foster no chance. SI.com, "Southampton Claims Crucial Win Against the West Brom," 3 Feb. 2018 Between the mighty and the modest, truth is the great leveler. NBC News, "Read Senator Jeff Flake’s full speech on Trump’s media attacks," 17 Jan. 2018 Between the mighty and the modest, truth is the great leveler. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Watch Sen. Jeff Flake's Scathing Speech About Trump and Truth," 17 Jan. 2018 Between the mighty and the modest, truth is the great leveler. Time, "'This Is Reprehensible.' Read Jeff Flake's Speech Comparing Trump's Attacks on the Media to Josef Stalin," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of leveler

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of leveler was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of leveler

: something that treats or affects all people the same way

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