max·​i·​mal·​ist | \ ˈmak-s(ə-)mə-list How to pronounce maximalist (audio) \

Definition of maximalist

: one who advocates immediate and direct action to secure the whole of a program or set of goals

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from maximalist

maximalist adjective

Examples of maximalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Like most everything else popping off in the sneaker world, the Air Max 1/97 comes from the school of maximalist design. Sam Schube, GQ, "The Nike Air Max 1/97 Is Back—Provided You Already Tried to Buy It," 2 May 2018 Many blame President Trump and his maximalist policy on Iran, which has seen him pull out of Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and levy punishing U.S. sanctions on the country. CBS News, "Trump-approved economic sanctions against Iran hurt average Iranians," 24 June 2019 Many blame President Trump and his maximalist policy on Iran, which has seen him pull out of Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and levy punishing US sanctions on the country. Nasser Jarunu,, "Iranians say their ‘bones breaking’ under US sanctions," 24 June 2019 Grande is chromed and polished, a laser-precise, big-voiced, old-fashioned maximalist; Eilish is offbeat and earthy, with an almost shrugging approach to fame and a voice that sometimes remains at the level of a conspiratorial whisper. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Ariana Grande Was Updating Pop. Then Billie Eilish Came Along.," 21 June 2019 Out of some mix of pragmatism and ideology, Garvey treated freedom largely as a means to an end rather than as a maximalist principle around which to organize. Conor Orr,, "Fate of the Union: What the NFLPA Can Learn From the Fight of '77," 18 June 2019 After years of midcentury-modern fever, homeowners are looking for ways to bring patina and personalization to their spaces and achieve a more layered, well-traveled look — call it the maximalist effect. Michelle Brunner, Twin Cities, "Room dividers — and all their old-Hollywood charm — are back," 15 June 2019 The Menu In lieu of paper menus, the Tusks created a maximalist marquee–like light box—inspired by the designs of Isaac Julien—that stretches the length of the dining room and features the more French leanings of the restaurant. Cassandra Landry, Bon Appétit, "The Little Things: A Design Tour of San Francisco’s Rustic-Modern Wine Bar, Verjus," 10 June 2019 Shinzo Abe will arrive on Wednesday in Iran after earlier meeting with President Trump, whose maximalist approach toward the Islamic Republic has seen America reimpose sanctions once lifted by the 2015 accord and create far-reaching newer ones. Jon Gambrell,, "Iran gears up for high-stakes diplomacy amid tension with US," 9 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'maximalist.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of maximalist

1907, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about maximalist

Statistics for maximalist

Last Updated

21 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for maximalist

The first known use of maximalist was in 1907

See more words from the same year

Comments on maximalist

What made you want to look up maximalist? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


an act or instance of editing or removing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!