rev·​o·​lu·​tion·​ary | \ ˌre-və-ˈlü-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce revolutionary (audio) \

Definition of revolutionary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
2 capitalized : of or relating to the American Revolution or to the period in which it occurred


plural revolutionaries

Definition of revolutionary (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one engaged in a revolution
2 : an advocate or adherent of revolutionary doctrines

Other Words from revolutionary


revolutionarily \ ˌre-​və-​ˌlü-​shə-​ˈner-​ə-​lē How to pronounce revolutionary (audio) \ adverb
revolutionariness \ ˌre-​və-​ˈlü-​shə-​ˌner-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce revolutionary (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for revolutionary

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Made with revolutionary OOfoam™ technology, OOFOS are designed to absorb impact, so your body doesn’t have to. Outside Online, 2 May 2022 But the most entrancing part of the picture — among the public’s first dispatches from the revolutionary James Webb Space Telescope — lies in the background, where amorphous blobs are really swirling galaxies. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 15 Apr. 2022 In 2015, Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou revealed that the revolutionary technology Holmes was touting didn't actually exist, and that the company was instead using existing machines from other companies to cover up this fact. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 3 Mar. 2022 New technology: The NBA and Canon installed new cameras with lightning-quick, revolutionary video technology that allowed fans to view action from unlimited – and in some cases, unseen - angles during Sunday NBA All-Star Game. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 21 Feb. 2022 This is a revolutionary technology fit to address massive externalities such as record-level inflation and pandemics as well as shifting macro trends like omnichannel growth and the digital transformation of retail. Mike Ryan, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 Louverture, named after Haitian revolutionary leader Toussaint Louverture, has built its reputation on international and arthouse films and a strong theatrical documentary slate. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 24 Jan. 2022 This is a hardware intensive task that requires next-gen GPUs like the Galaxy S22’s Exynos 2200 — Samsung explains: Ray tracing is a revolutionary technology that closely simulates how light physically behaves in the real world. Chris Smith, BGR, 18 Jan. 2022 Holmes, who started Theranos at the age of 19, claimed to have developed revolutionary blood testing technology that could accurately and affordably test for a range of conditions using just a few drops of blood. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, 12 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This musicial blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton, an American revolutionary, statesman and Founding Father of the United States. Yaa Bofah, Good Housekeeping, 6 May 2022 But in a lengthy interview with NBC News, progressive state party chair Judith Whitmer didn’t sound like a revolutionary attempting to upend Harry Reid’s legacy. NBC News, 22 Apr. 2022 Song of Arirang was written not in Kim’s native Korean or fluent Japanese or Chinese, but in English, and not by Kim himself but by Helen Foster Snow, an American woman who had been close to Chairman Mao Zedong in his early days as a revolutionary. E. Tammy Kim, The New York Review of Books, 17 Dec. 2020 Brazilian filmmaker’s Hector Babenco’s award-winning adaptation of Manuel Puig’s novel cast Hurt as a homosexual window dresser named Luis who’s been imprisoned in a South American jail; his cellmate, Raul Julia, is a political revolutionary. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 13 Mar. 2022 In that bruising character study pitting self-delusion against political idealism, Hurt and Raúl Juliá played reluctant cellmates in a Brazilian prison, the former a gay fantasist, the latter a hardline leftist revolutionary. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 Their work often features Mao, the Chinese Communist revolutionary. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Mar. 2022 Almost exactly a century ago, the revolutionary-cum-statesman Eamon de Valera was obsessed with asserting Ireland’s sovereignty, its independence from the United Kingdom. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 21 Feb. 2022 Jancsó shows the liberal doctrine of an independent revolutionary being either co-opted or crushed by authoritarian forces. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of revolutionary


1718, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for revolutionary


revolution + -ary entry 2


revolution + -ary entry 1, after French révolutionnaire

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“Revolutionary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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rev·​o·​lu·​tion·​ary | \ ˌre-və-ˈlü-shə-ˌner-ē How to pronounce revolutionary (audio) \

Kids Definition of revolutionary

1 : relating to or involving rebellion against a ruler or government revolutionary leaders
2 : being or bringing about a big or important change a revolutionary invention
3 capitalized : of or relating to the American Revolution

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