re·​vi·​sion·​ism | \ ri-ˈvi-zhə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce revisionism (audio) \

Definition of revisionism

1 : a movement in revolutionary Marxian socialism favoring an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary spirit
2 : advocacy of revision (as of a doctrine or policy or in historical analysis)

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revisionist \ ri-​ˈvi-​zhə-​nist How to pronounce revisionism (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of revisionism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Governor Andrew Cuomo has profited by writing a book about his intrepid leadership during the pandemic, an act of self-deluding revisionism. John Loftus, National Review, "Even ‘Targeted’ Lockdowns Have Costs," 1 Dec. 2020 Targeting heritage sites, whether through physical destruction or historical revisionism, is a powerful tool in the arsenal of modern warfare. Sabrina Papazian, Smithsonian Magazine, "In Times of Conflict, How Can We Support the People Who Keep Culture Alive," 22 Dec. 2020 In the end, Cuomo is yet another public servant who peddles revisionism to gullible liberal fans. John Loftus, National Review, "A Surreal Evening with Andrew Cuomo and Billy Crystal," 28 Oct. 2020 But some critics accused Mr. Rose of hagiography and historical revisionism, turning murderers into heroes. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "A Polarizing Documentary Spurs Debate Over a Violent Time in Quebec," 6 Dec. 2020 While some tech companies address the rise in Holocaust revisionism, and others leave the door open, social networks have played an unwitting role in helping to distort the memory of these horrific events. Adam G. Klein, The Conversation, "How to fight Holocaust denial in social media – with the evidence of what really happened," 3 Dec. 2020 The myth was a revisionism of history that directly obfuscated the original purpose to have the national holiday. Jeffrey Peters,, "Peters: Time to reclaim Thanksgiving as a call to help those who are suffering | RELIGION COMMENTARY," 27 Nov. 2020 For many, these concerns are made all the more urgent by the Azerbaijani government’s history of systemically destroying indigenous Armenian cultural heritage—acts of both warfare and historical revisionism. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Scholars, Cultural Institutions Are Calling to Protect Armenian Heritage," 24 Nov. 2020 Cuomo’s revisionism, though, is particularly shameless, as David Harsanyi pointed out. John Loftus, National Review, "A Surreal Evening with Andrew Cuomo and Billy Crystal," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of revisionism

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Revisionism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of revisionism

formal + often disapproving : support of ideas and beliefs that differ from and try to change accepted ideas and beliefs especially in a way that is seen as wrong or dishonest

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