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

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Other Words from revivalist

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

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Gass may have been mocking religious hucksters but the speech of the land was part of him, and his ranging, learned works of literary criticism sometimes remind you of a stem-winding tent revivalist evangelizing for Rilke or Rabelais. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "‘The William H. Gass Reader’ Review: The Speech of the Land Was Part of Him," 1 Nov. 2018 The elite soul revivalists are an electrifying live act. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts July 12-18: Kenny Chesney, Imagine Dragons, Jason Isbell, Foreigner," 10 July 2018 That history creates a paradox with which native intellectuals and cultural revivalists have been wrestling at least since the Indian civil-rights movement of the 1970s. The Economist, "Tommy Orange’s debut novel is a work of defiance and recovery," 5 July 2018 Salafists are puritanical, religious revivalists who support a strict imposition of Islamic law. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, "Saudi Arabia’s once-powerful conservatives silenced by reforms and repression," 5 June 2018 Fifteen years after blasting onto the charts with over-the-top falsetto, body-hugging jumpsuits and hair-metal tomfoolery, the British hard-rock revivalists are back on the UK charts with an accidentally political anthem eschewing public transit. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "8 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week | Charlotte Observer," 25 Apr. 2018 The past 15 years have seen a whole crop of soul-funk revivalists diving into the tradition, taking the music from vintage records and bringing it to the stage, with a contemporary twist. John Adamian,, "Funk Soul Band West End Blend To Headline At Toad's Place," 10 Mar. 2018 For years, the singer and guitarist has been known as rock's crankiest revivalist — the guy most likely to dismiss rap as a whole in his defense of The Way Things Used to Be. Mikael Wood,, "Jack White on which 'Star Trek' captain he's like in the studio and why hip-hop feeds his bold new sound," 23 Mar. 2018 The Loire Valley, a center for natural wine, was also home to many early pétillant naturel revivalists. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Bubbles, With Joy: Pétillant Naturel’s Triumphant Return," 8 Mar. 2018

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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

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

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