reactionary

adjective re·ac·tion·ary \ rē-ˈak-shə-ˌner-ē \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of reactionary

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

reactionary

noun

reactionaryism

play \rē-ˈak-shə-ˌner-ē-ˌi-zəm\ noun

Examples of reactionary in a Sentence

  1. reactionary guardians of proper English usage invariably regard every new coinage that comes along as a nonword

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First Known Use of reactionary

1815



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