re·​viv·​al·​ist | \ ri-ˈvī-və-list How to pronounce revivalist (audio) , -ˈvīv-list \

Definition of revivalist

1 : one who conducts religious revivals specifically : a member of the clergy who travels about to conduct revivals
2 : one who revives or restores something disused

Other Words from revivalist

revivalist adjective
revivalistic \ ri-​ˌvī-​və-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce revivalist (audio) \ adjective

Examples of revivalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s John’s inheritance from his recently deceased father, an original mod revivalist who, in his salad days, once led a bikers’ protest against Margaret Thatcher on the streets of Brighton. Guy Lodge, Variety, 17 Nov. 2021 At this point an old-time revivalist movement began to sweep through the land, the kind that arises when a society is forced, like an individual, to face its own deepest conflicts retreats into the mindlessness of unreason. Vivian Gornick, The New York Review of Books, 5 Nov. 2020 The preacher rose over the decades from tent revivalist to running a world-wide ministry with his namesake from what would be a vast home base in suburban Akron. Bill Lubinger, cleveland, 7 May 2021 As played by the skillful Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Widows), the student leader-turned-fire-breathing revolutionary is a selfless dreamer with the charisma of a tent revivalist. Graham Hillard, Washington Examiner, 1 Apr. 2021 Even his mythical settings had a philosophical as much as a German-revivalist rationale. Barnaby Crowcroft, National Review, 26 Dec. 2020 Powell played in legendary Cajun revivalist Dewey Balfa’s band and married his daughter, Christine Balfa., 7 Sep. 2020 One key revivalist is Bella Hadid, who often puts a more experimental spin on retro fashions. Vogue, 25 Sep. 2019 There are myriad of enthusiast types: vinyl diehards, streamers, ironic tape cassette revivalists, and more. Popular Science, 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of revivalist

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of revivalist

: someone who organizes and leads a revival meeting
: someone who uses or practices something that was popular in the past

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