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 revivalist (audio) \ adjective

Examples of revivalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even his mythical settings had a philosophical as much as a German-revivalist rationale. Barnaby Crowcroft, National Review, "Eternal Lessons from Wagner’s Last Opera," 26 Dec. 2020 Powell played in legendary Cajun revivalist Dewey Balfa’s band and married his daughter, Christine Balfa., "Dirk Powell breaks with tradition on 'When I Wait For You'," 7 Sep. 2020 One key revivalist is Bella Hadid, who often puts a more experimental spin on retro fashions. Vogue, "Bella Hadid Carries the Must-Have Gen Z It Bag," 25 Sep. 2019 There are myriad of enthusiast types: vinyl diehards, streamers, ironic tape cassette revivalists, and more. Popular Science, "Stereo receivers and amplifiers that make your music better," 29 Jan. 2020 Built in 1848, the classical revivalist building contains a small research library that Bowman visited to help uncover the story of her ancestors. Sarah Honosky, Washington Post, "After century apart, families reunite in fight for freedom," 27 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of revivalist

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Revivalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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