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)

Other Words from revisionism

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

Examples of revisionism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But even their strongest effort so far to cut through all the revisionism, the public testimony of Capitol Police officers who came under fierce attack while trying to stave off the mob, was chewed up and spit out as illegitimate. New York Times, 6 Jan. 2022 The right's insurrection-revisionism did not stop with amnesia, however. Nicole Hemmer, CNN, 16 Dec. 2021 This historical revisionism is painful for Lyudmila Yurmenich. New York Times, 22 Nov. 2021 Mendacious revisionism, of course, has become more common among Western politicians in recent years. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2021 This macabre spectacle, ordered by Guzmán, was a protest against Deng Xiaoping’s revisionism, a gory act of cruelty that was perhaps more perplexing than terrifying to the average Peruvian. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, 19 Sep. 2021 From there, the New York Times inflated the incident for one of its customary lessons in 1619 Project–style revisionism (after Sheng had repented for his sin by stepping down from teaching his course). Armond White, National Review, 20 Oct. 2021 The cleverest thing the FX series about the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal does is lull viewers into wistful remembrance right before walloping them with revisionism. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 10 Sep. 2021 But the ambiguities of the case don’t make for easy revisionism. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021

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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 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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