unreconstructed

adjective
un·​re·​con·​struct·​ed | \ ˌən-ˌrē-kən-ˈstrək-təd How to pronounce unreconstructed (audio) \

Definition of unreconstructed

: not reconciled to some political, economic, or social change an unreconstructed rebel also : holding stubbornly to a particular belief, view, place, or style an unreconstructed hard-liner

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The reorganization and reestablishment of the seceded states in the Union after the American Civil War is referred to as the Reconstruction. In 1867 a writer for Harper's Weekly came up with the word unreconstructed for political candidates not reconciled to the outcome of the War and the changes enacted during the Reconstruction. The word immediately caught on with readers and has been used to refer to intransigent or dyed-in-the-wool partisans ever since. The word has also been used outside of political and social contexts. For instance, a person might be "an unreconstructed rocker" or "an unreconstructed romantic."

Examples of unreconstructed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the Khrushchev thaw, China was the unreconstructed past; Mao proclaimed Russia revisionist. The Economist, "But their new partnership makes China a lot more equal than Russia," 25 July 2019 His brief appearance as Trump’s human shield did nothing to halt the accusations that the President is an unreconstructed racist. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "“I’m Winning”: Donald Trump’s Calculated Racism," 18 July 2019 On the other side, Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, is an unreconstructed seventies socialist who presents as a refugee from the pre-Thatcher Winter of Discontent when undertakers went on strike. Tina Brown, Time, "Tina Brown: How Britain Lost the Plot Over Brexit," 6 June 2019 The only alternative to working within the parameters of the existing agreement to keep Iran verifiably nuke-free is the war of Bolton’s and other unreconstructed neocons’ fever dreams. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Buys Netanyahu’s Bad Case for Abandoning the Iran Deal," 1 May 2018 This little project is the brainstorm of local Klan leader and unreconstructed racist Tom Griffin (Tom Wilkinson), who presides over frequent gatherings of young acolytes whose violent and derelict behavior Griffin actively encourages. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Burden': Film Review | Sundance 2018," 22 Jan. 2018 The bill passed the House because the Freedom Caucus, that claque of unreconstructed extremists who hold the balance of power there, gave in a little. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Nobody Knows How to Play This Game Anymore," 19 Jan. 2018 His brief appearance as Trump’s human shield did nothing to halt the accusations that the President is an unreconstructed racist. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "“I’m Winning”: Donald Trump’s Calculated Racism," 18 July 2019 On the other side, Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, is an unreconstructed seventies socialist who presents as a refugee from the pre-Thatcher Winter of Discontent when undertakers went on strike. Tina Brown, Time, "Tina Brown: How Britain Lost the Plot Over Brexit," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of unreconstructed

1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Unreconstructed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreconstructed. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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unreconstructed

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of unreconstructed

used to describe someone who has strongly held opinions and beliefs that have not changed even though they have been criticized or have become unpopular

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