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,, "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,, "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 Still, the live witness accounts pose a powerful rebuke to the current wave of historic revisionism in several eastern European countries to play down their own wartime complicity. Aron Heller, Fox News, "As numbers dwindle, Jews who fought Nazis recall struggle," 11 Apr. 2018 As my colleague Jeet Heer previously wrote, Bush nostalgia enables a form of historical revisionism. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Donald Trump Is the New George W. Bush," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of revisionism

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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