revanchist

adjective
re·vanch·ist | \rə-ˈväⁿ-shist \

Definition of revanchist 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

revanchist

noun
\rə-ˈväⁿ-shist \
plural revanchists

Definition of revanchist (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

Examples of revanchist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

And its clientele in this revanchist effort includes oil companies fearing clean-energy cars and also an auto industry that now sees an opportunity to batten on low oil prices and the consequent consumer lust for gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Administration Declares War on California’s Environmental Standards," 3 Apr. 2018 The revanchist culture war Donald Trump has declared on liberals, the mainstream media, and most members of Congress in his own party may only be beginning. Tina Nguyen, The Hive, "Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio, Igniting Yet Another Political Crisis," 24 Aug. 2017 It’s startling the way the word ‘‘Breitbart’’ has become iconographic, referring not really to the website or the company but to an amorphous mass of revanchist opinions for which Breitbart receives credit or blame. Wil S. Hylton, New York Times, "Down the Breitbart Hole," 16 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The 9/11 attacks – and more recently Western fears of a revanchist Russia – quieted much of the questioning of NATO’s continued existence. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "NATO: Does old squabble over costs mask US shift away from Europe?," 10 July 2018 For a revanchist Russia, on the other hand, the upsides are crystal clear. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "In Trump’s Russia Summit, Putin Holds All the Cards," 29 June 2018 Amid this frenzy, Pruitt was unveiling one of the cornerstones of his revanchist environmental policy on Tuesday. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Pruitt Tries to Ruin the Planet Before Getting Fired," 3 Apr. 2018 But last month, Alternative for Germany, the country’s anti-immigration party, made major electoral gains, signifying that the continent’s revanchist forces were still a force to be reckoned with. Sunday’s results only confirmed that reality. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Far Right Makes Momentous Gains in Austrian Elections," 15 Oct. 2017 Both Kelly and Republicans used Fox News to disseminate these ideas, contributing to a revanchist backlash that was unable to dislodge Obama in 2012, but overwhelmed the Democratic Party by 2016. Clio Chang, New Republic, "Megyn Kelly’s Career Trajectory Is a Republican Parable," 4 Oct. 2017 Back in the day, revanchist plutocrats would have been grateful to see the United States slouching towards oligarchy. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The GOP Donor Class Is a Pack of Ungrateful Brats," 5 Oct. 2017 My objections to the revanchist regime in Moscow, unlike those of many Democrats, started long before November 8. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Mueller Scorches the Earth," 23 Sep. 2017 Trump’s populism is nativist, revanchist, and ultimately unachievable. Michelle Cottle, The Atlantic, "Democrats Pitch a Kinder, Gentler Populism," 31 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'revanchist.' 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 revanchist

Adjective

1948, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1926, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about revanchist

Share revanchist

Dictionary Entries near revanchist

revalue

revamp

revanche

revanchist

revascularization

Revatio

Revd

Statistics for revanchist

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for revanchist

The first known use of revanchist was in 1926

See more words from the same year

Comments on revanchist

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

WORD OF THE DAY

a state of commotion or excitement

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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