rev·​o·​lu·​tion·​ist ˌre-və-ˈlü-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce revolutionist (audio)
revolutionist adjective

Examples of revolutionist in a Sentence

after a long series of weak leaders, the people were ready for a revolutionist who promised to bring sweeping change to the nation historically, revolutionists have generally been young men willing to risk everything, even their lives, in the pursuit of their cause
Recent Examples on the Web Many revolutionists see heavy tank casualties in Ukraine as the key indicator for the tank’s looming obsolescence in the face of newly lethal precision antitank weapons. Stephen Biddle, Foreign Affairs, 10 Aug. 2023 Leading that revolt is young revolutionist Luigi (Vincenzo Crea), while much older Silvestro (Luca Lionello) hopes to change things from within, by running for a public office usually held by the gentry. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 2 June 2023 On the second episode of Broken Bread this season, Choi talks to farm-to-table revolutionist Alice Waters about the importance of slow food. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 19 Jan. 2022 From the early days of Silicon Valley’s Internet-era revolution, as engineers, designers, and financiers began to recognize the potential of their inventions, sanctimony was a distinct feature of the revolutionists. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2018 The red flag of the revolutionist in Lower California floats from the mast of the Mexican custom house in the Mexican town, the result of by far the most desperate and sanguinary battle yet fought on the Mexican peninsula., 9 May 2018 Around and about Soho at the time could be found dissidents and revolutionists from half the countries of Europe — Louis Blanc, Karl Marx, Giuseppe Mazzini, Lajos Kossuth and Alexander Herzen. Geoffrey Wheatcroft, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2018 The man with the jingle of money in his pocket who married the girl a year later would always cherish an abiding distrust, an animosity, toward the leisure class—not the conviction of a revolutionist but the smoldering hatred of a peasant. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Esquire, 7 Mar. 2017 Horizon's coming season celebrates strong heroines, with 2.5 Minute Ride by Lisa Kron (directed by Elaina Di Monaco) The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson (MacMillan directs), and Peter and the Starcatcher (Decker directs)., 29 Aug. 2017

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Word History


revolution + -ist entry 1

First Known Use

1710, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of revolutionist was in 1710

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“Revolutionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


rev·​o·​lu·​tion·​ist ˌrev-ə-ˈlü-sh(ə-)nəst How to pronounce revolutionist (audio)
: a person who takes part in a revolution
: a person who believes in revolution as a means of bringing about change
revolutionist adjective
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