revolutionary

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adjective

rev·​o·​lu·​tion·​ary ˌre-və-ˈlü-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce revolutionary (audio)
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a
: of, relating to, or constituting a revolution
revolutionary war
b
: tending to or promoting revolution
c
: constituting or bringing about a major or fundamental change
a revolutionary new product
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capitalized : of or relating to the American Revolution or to the period in which it occurred
revolutionarily adverb
revolutionariness noun

revolutionary

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noun

plural revolutionaries
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: one engaged in a revolution
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: an advocate or adherent of revolutionary doctrines

Examples of revolutionary in a Sentence

Adjective a candidate with a lot of crazy, revolutionary ideas that no one seems to be going for revolutionary forces that were soundly defeated before reaching the capital Noun after the collapse of the Russian monarchy, the moderate socialists briefly governed until being overthrown by the Bolshevik revolutionaries at first the government was not worried about this small band of unarmed revolutionaries
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Founded in 1976 by Anita Roddick in Brighton, England, The Body Shop carved a niche for itself with a clear, revolutionary ethos that challenged the status quo of the cosmetics industry. Kate Hardcastle, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 To create the revolutionary design, the planning committee called upon Chaumet, a French jewelry house. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 Bloomberg normally spends the second half of his constitutional law class focused on the 14th Amendment — particularly its first section, which granted citizenship to formerly enslaved people and enacted revolutionary due-process and equal rights protections. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 Supply issues top of Novo’s own concerns But Novo, which recently surpassed a valuation milestone of $500 billion, has more pressing matters on its mind than how food suppliers might be affected by its revolutionary product. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 8 Feb. 2024 This use of technology was revolutionary and cutting age at a time when typewriters were still ubiquitous, fax machines had only recently entered the workplace, and computers were rare and expensive. TIME, 5 Feb. 2024 The Houthis are a potent Iranian proxy group, and their slogan, adapted from Iranian revolutionary propaganda, is being made manifest in action. Hussein Ibish, The Atlantic, 24 Jan. 2024 The true impact of AI, from its ability to birth revolutionary technologies to its potential to stoke epic job losses, likely won’t hit for years. Will Daniel, Fortune, 17 Jan. 2024 Named after a Cuban revolutionary war hero, but known to most residents as Domino Park, this famous neighborhood site and tourist attraction on Calle Ocho is one of the liveliest spots in Little Havana. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024
Noun
His parents also agreed to help hide the revolutionary, but after he was caught, they were wanted by the authorities. Katie Mannion, Peoplemag, 29 Jan. 2024 The Failure of the Revolutionaries The socialist revolutionaries were the first of the factions to fail. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 27 Dec. 2023 The evolution of cybersecurity and digital identity from science fiction to reality has been nothing short of revolutionary. Tony Bradley, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 French revolutionaries pinned cockades to their clothes; suffragettes slung purple-​and-​green sashlike ribbons across their chests. Alice Robb, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2023 Many of the Islamist and leftist Iranian revolutionaries who toppled the shah drew inspiration from Palestinian writers and fighters. Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, Foreign Affairs, 1 Nov. 2023 Poets, playwrights, and filmmakers rubbed shoulders with—and sometimes took turns as—revolutionaries and freedom fighters in the era’s global struggles. Foreign Affairs, 12 Dec. 2023 Wiping away tears, the 39-year-old dictator, who is a father of three, described mothers as revolutionaries who were on the front lines of rooting out antisocialist behavior and helping the nation prosper. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, 5 Dec. 2023 In it, actors portraying the European revolutionary and the ancient Chinese sage pontificate on their doctrines and discover that their ideas are in perfect harmony. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 20 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

revolution + -ary entry 2

Noun

revolution + -ary entry 1, after French révolutionnaire

First Known Use

Adjective

1718, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of revolutionary was in 1718

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Cite this Entry

“Revolutionary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revolutionary. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

revolutionary

adjective
rev·​o·​lu·​tion·​ary
ˌrev-ə-ˈlü-shə-ˌner-ē
1
a
: of, relating to, or involving a revolution
revolutionary war
b
: favoring revolution
c
: being or bringing about a big or important change
a revolutionary new product
2
capitalized : of or relating to the American Revolution
revolutionary noun

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