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re·​vanch·​ist rə-ˈväⁿ-shist How to pronounce revanchist (audio)
: of or relating to a policy designed to recover lost territory or status : of or relating to a revanche
Each of Hitler's allies had their own, partially interrelated, expansionary or revanchist motives for attacking the Soviet Union.Michael Burleigh
Wilson brought with him a sheaf of high principles—democracy, self-determination, world government—that bore little relevance to the tangled politics and even more tangled geography of postwar Europe. His idealism was soon drowned out by the revanchist passions of his allies.Kenneth Auchincloss
also : advocating or fighting for the recovery of lost territory or status
While revanchist emperors, such as Julian, were still mouthing the aristocratic ideology of imperialist aggression, more realistic rulers, like Constantius II, recognized that the future lay in accommodation with the so-called barbarians who had already infiltrated the heights of army and administration. C. R. Whittaker


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plural revanchists
: one who advocates or fights for the recovery of lost territory or status : one who advocates a policy of revanche
In eastern and South-Eastern Europe today, one man's courageous defender of national self-determination is another's nostalgic revanchist.Tony Judt
Later in 2007, Pelosi plans to rewrite the laws on pork-barrel spending. She promises that the overall effect of her reforms will be "to break the link between lobbyists and legislation" in Washington. Who will win the coming battle between reformers and revanchists?Massimo Calabresi

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Beyond all of the other factors that may connect Trump and Putin, their revanchist philosophies should not be ignored. Edward A. Wasserman, Hartford Courant, 18 June 2024 Fascism represented a hopeful example of a revanchist elite reversing the tide. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, 1 Mar. 2024
Allies will recall the history that brought them together and rally around the need to counter a revanchist Russia. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, 8 July 2024 Many of Trump’s other revanchist priorities have avidly sought to rescind the legislative successes of Barack Obama, especially Obamacare (Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, Sept. 6, 2017). Edward A. Wasserman, Hartford Courant, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for revanchist 

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1948, in the meaning defined above


1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of revanchist was in 1926

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“Revanchist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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