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

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 This is your time to learn the difference between reactionary living and intuitive decision-making. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 31 July 2022 So what can companies do now to make sure their ESG efforts lead the charge instead of falling into a reactionary pattern? Jagmeet Lamba, Forbes, 25 July 2022 That’s because the Republican Party has grown more reactionary over time, and with it a high court that has tilted significantly to the right with the three justices appointed by former President Donald Trump. The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 June 2022 The Onion mercilessly lampooned the U.S. Supreme Court’s reactionary tilt following Friday’s historic decision to nullify Roe v. Wade. Todd Spangler, Variety, 25 June 2022 Three successive, large rate increases are desperately reactionary to quell inflation but could push the economy from overheated into recession. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 June 2022 Consider this: Among the political players who are in a position to put a heavy thumb on the electoral scale are the US Supreme Court's reactionary majority. Laurence H. Tribe And Dennis Aftergut, CNN, 20 June 2022 Bad Brains, Minor Threat and subsequent generations of D.C. hardcore punk outfits have made music at mind-spinning tempos with a ferociousness that felt reactionary to the political and cultural malaise of their respective eras. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 16 June 2022 Writing in the early nineties, Faludi situated the backlash within an ongoing cycle of feminist boom and bust in American history: periods of reactionary hostility toward feminism followed periods of widespread embrace. Molly Fischer, The New Yorker, 21 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reactionary

1815, in the meaning defined above

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“Reactionary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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