re·​ac·​tion·​ary | \ rē-ˈak-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce reactionary (audio) \

Definition of reactionary

: relating to, marked by, or favoring reaction especially : ultraconservative in politics

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Other Words from reactionary

reactionary noun
reactionaryism \ rē-​ˈak-​shə-​ˌner-​ē-​ˌi-​zəm How to pronounce reactionary (audio) \ noun

Examples of reactionary in a Sentence

reactionary guardians of proper English usage invariably regard every new coinage that comes along as a nonword
Recent Examples on the Web The Clippers so far have been reactionary in the playoffs. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2021 With the nine Supreme Court Justices appointed for life, there's every sign that the reactionary, religious and aging Court will be out of step with an increasingly young, diverse and secular country in the coming decades. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 12 Apr. 2021 But reactionary, racist mean-spiritedness probably won’t cut it in this century. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, 9 Mar. 2021 His largest theme was the collapsing moral authority of government, fed by the increasingly authoritarian and anti-American character of the far liberal left and (no less) by the reactionary extremism of the right. New York Times, 4 June 2021 The one glaring, reactionary mistake was signing Walker after Irving abandoned ship, and even that looked like a nice alternative plan at the time., 3 June 2021 Try writing about the people or situations that bring out your reactionary tendencies. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 June 2021 Instead of reactionary fear, MADA members should take an initiative: Stock at least one model of each of their manufacturer's EVs, thus giving EV shoppers the opportunity to compare vehicles, order a car and keep their purchases local. Star Tribune, 24 May 2021 The small group of reactionary academics warming their hands around the fires of Catholic integralism, for instance, argue that the failure to marry the power of the church with the power of the state is, in fact, the main cause of the decline. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 10 May 2021

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First Known Use of reactionary

1815, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reactionary was in 1815

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20 Jun 2021

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“Reactionary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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