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reactionary

adjective

reactionary

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of reactionary

  1. 1 a person whose political beliefs are centered on tradition and keeping things the way they are reactionaries tried to stop the passage of the legislation extending civil rights Synonyms archconservative, paleoconservative, conservative, rightist, right-winger, Tory, traditionalistRelated Words right, right-wing; conformist; neocon, neoconservative; diehard, standpatter; bourbon, Colonel Blimp, fuddy-duddy, square, stuffed shirtNear Antonyms extremist, radical, red, revolutionary, revolutionist; reformer, reformistAntonyms leftist, left-winger, lefty, liberal, progressive

  2. 2 a person with old-fashioned ideas a reactionary in the nation's ongoing culture war, she seems to believe that watching any TV at all will rot your brain Synonyms antediluvian, Colonel Blimp, dodo, fossil, fud, fuddy-duddy, mossback, fogy, stick-in-the-mud, stuffed shirtRelated Words conservative, rightist, Tory; mandarin, old hand, old-timer, veteran; old maidNear Antonyms liberal, progressive, radicalAntonyms hipster, modern, trendy



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