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

Examples of revivalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the speakers was Jaya Jaitly, curator, textile revivalist, and founder of the Dastkari Haat Samiti, who believes that rather than focusing on the 2% figure, India should look at improving its domestic market. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "India needs to focus on the domestic market, not exports, to save its artisans," 1 Nov. 2019 Though the revivalist hopes that attended the conservative resurgence were long ago dispelled, its enduring combination of fundamentalism and politicisation gave Southern Baptists two sorts of comfort. The Economist, "The Southern Baptists are beset by two related fiascos," 15 June 2019 While the house has many touches that evoke an earlier era, Branca balks at being considered a mere revivalist or re-creator of history. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "Alessandra Branca Designs an Ultra-Luxe 1910s Mansion on Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive," 29 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of revivalist

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Revivalist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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