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. The earliest known use of unreconstructed is by a writer for the Boston, Massachusetts, publication The Liberator, who in 1865 used it to describe Southerners who were not reconciled to the outcome of the War and the changes enacted during the Reconstruction. The word immediately caught on and has been used to refer to intransigent or dyed-in-the-wool partisans ever since. The word is also used outside of political and social contexts, as when a person is described as "an unreconstructed rocker" or "an unreconstructed romantic."

Examples of unreconstructed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And indeed, some of the people who came to work for Gröning were unreconstructed followers of Hitler. Richard J. Evans, The New Republic, 1 Dec. 2021 But the crusher was George Norris, the unreconstructed populist senator from Nebraska, who insisted that the people, not some capitalist, should develop such a major public work. Edward Kosner, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2021 Kennedy and his fellow Republicans have mined this history to suggest Omarova is an unreconstructed communist. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2021 The lead character’s therapist is an unreconstructed Freudian. New York Times, 29 Sep. 2021 What begins as a macabre sendup of the unreconstructed South culminates in a more unsettling and possibly supernatural wave of vengeance, as the killings assume the dimensions of an Old Testament plague: Some called it a throng. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 Morpheus is a pretty unreconstructed guy at the beginning of Act II. Christian Holub, EW.com, 20 Sep. 2021 In the end, the CIA decided to work with the unreconstructed Nazis, much to Sichel’s disgust. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 7 Aug. 2021 In the end, the CIA decided to work with the unreconstructed Nazis, much to Sichel’s disgust. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 7 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of unreconstructed

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 22 Jan. 2022.

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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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