revisionism

noun
re·​vi·​sion·​ism | \ri-ˈvi-zhə-ˌni-zəm \

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 \ noun or adjective

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The United States and other traditional allies had excoriated the Polish government over the law, passed in February, condemning it as largely unenforceable, a threat to free speech, and an act of historical revisionism. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Poland’s Holocaust Law Weakened After ‘Storm and Consternation’," 27 June 2018 And for all the talk of revisionism in the market, the top price of the night was the $34.1 million given for a small Jackson Pollock drip painting on paper from 1949. Scott Reyburn, New York Times, "As a Black Artist Soars at Auction, Rethinking ‘Blue Chip’," 16 May 2018 The United States and other traditional allies had excoriated the Polish government over the law, passed in February, condemning it as largely unenforceable, a threat to free speech, and an act of historical revisionism. Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, "Poland softens Holocaust law, removes criminal penalties for those accused of implicating nation," 28 June 2018 But for the most part, Freeman—in a welcome bit of subversive revisionism for a book aimed at the general public—emphasizes its similarities between Western and Soviet industrialization. David Sessions, The New Republic, "The Meaning of American Factories," 2 Apr. 2018 Some Russia observers argue that this pattern of failure is a result of Russian intransigence and revisionism. Keith Gessen, New York Times, "The Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio," 8 May 2018 In Poland in particular, as in much of Eastern Europe, historical revisionism is far from a new phenomenon. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "In laws, rhetoric and acts of violence, Europe is rewriting dark chapters of its past," 19 Feb. 2018 The revisionism comes under L. Francis Cissna, the Trump appointee in charge of the agency that issues green cards and grants citizenship. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "Before we were Cavs Nation, Cleveland was 'a nation of immigrants': Andrea Simakis," 25 Feb. 2018 This combination of subtle and brazen nationalist revisionism captures the two-and-a-half years of PiS rule. The Economist, "Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party is doing lasting damage," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of revisionism

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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revisionism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of revisionism

: 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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