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revolutionary

adjective rev·o·lu·tion·ary \ ˌre-və-ˈlü-shə-ˌner-ē \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of revolutionary

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

revolutionarily

play \ˌre-və-ˌlü-shə-ˈner-ə-lē\ adverb

revolutionariness

play \ˌre-və-ˈlü-shə-ˌner-ē-nəs\ noun

Examples of revolutionary in a Sentence

  1. a candidate with a lot of crazy, revolutionary ideas that no one seems to be going for

  2. revolutionary forces that were soundly defeated before reaching the capital

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First Known Use of revolutionary

1718


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revolutionary

noun

Definition of revolutionary

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

Examples of revolutionary in a Sentence

  1. after the collapse of the Russian monarchy, the moderate socialists briefly governed until being overthrown by the Bolshevik revolutionaries

  2. at first the government was not worried about this small band of unarmed revolutionaries

Recent Examples of revolutionary from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'revolutionary.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of revolutionary

1850


REVOLUTIONARY Defined for English Language Learners

revolutionary

adjective

Definition of revolutionary for English Language Learners

  • : relating to, involving, or supporting a political revolution

  • : causing or relating to a great or complete change


revolutionary

noun

Definition of revolutionary for English Language Learners

  • : someone who leads, joins, or wants a revolution


REVOLUTIONARY Defined for Kids

revolutionary

adjective rev·o·lu·tion·ary \ ˌre-və-ˈlü-shə-ˌner-ē \

Definition of revolutionary for Students

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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