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."

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Recent Examples on the Web Rainey’s brother, Edward, had taken a leading role in protesting these codes and the unreconstructed state government. Christopher Frear, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet Joseph Rainey, the First Black Congressman," 5 Jan. 2021 People interviewed for this article almost unanimously described the couple, who do not have children, as unreconstructed workaholics. New York Times, "Kelly Loeffler, a Wall Street Senator With a Hardscrabble Pitch," 21 Dec. 2020 Kamala Harris represents an unreconstructed progressivism of precisely the sort this magazine was founded to oppose and will continue to oppose with all of our energy. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, "‘Transition’ to Kamala? Not on Our Watch," 16 Oct. 2020 In the end, the CIA decided to work with the unreconstructed Nazis, much to Sichel’s disgust. Greg Barnhisel, The New Republic, "The Making of the “Good CIA”," 3 Sep. 2020 His critics — and a lot of the voters who flocked to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Super Tuesday — may see his unreconstructed personality as an extension of his deeply uncompromising politics. New York Times, "The Bernie Sanders Personality Test," 11 Mar. 2020 That's because, as difficult as this is to remember from today's vantage point, Carter was considered a moderate in 1980 and Kennedy was the unreconstructed New Deal liberal. David Faris, TheWeek, "Bernie the electable," 11 Feb. 2020 This allowed him to court Democrats who held unreconstructed racial attitudes but who favoured a large social safety net. The Economist, "For Bloom the polls toll Michael Bloomberg’s unlikely presidential candidacy," 28 Nov. 2019 For one thing, Labour is now led by an unreconstructed socialist who resisted the party’s Blairite turn to the center in the 1990s. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "If Boris Isn’t Careful, Brexit Could Disappear in a Winter Snap," 8 Nov. 2019

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1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Unreconstructed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unreconstructed. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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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