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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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 For years, the party has demonized judges as unreconstructed Communists and obstructionists. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Poland Purges Supreme Court, and Protesters Take to Streets," 3 July 2018 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 Proud to be an unreconstructed Reaganite, Abrams further awards himself the title of neo-con. David Pryce-jones, National Review, "Is Arab Democracy Possible?," 16 Jan. 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 Strong black support for someone who prosecuted the Klan running against an unreconstructed racist is hardly surprising and would have the chance to repeat itself if Jones were the Democratic nominee taking on Trump. Isaac Chotiner, Slate Magazine, "Maybe Doug Jones Should Run for President," 13 Dec. 2017 Adrienne Campbell-Holt directs this dark comedy of construction problems and unreconstructed attitudes. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "What’s New in NYC Theater," 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of unreconstructed

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unreconstructed was in 1865

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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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