Definitions for Reactionaryriˈæk ʃəˌnɛr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•ac•tion•ar•yriˈæk ʃəˌnɛr i(adj.; n.)(pl.)-ar•ies.

  1. (adj.)pertaining to, marked by, or favoring reaction, esp. in politics; extremely conservative.

    Category: Government

  2. (n.)a reactionary person.

    Category: Government

Princeton's WordNet

  1. reactionary, ultraconservative, extreme right-winger(adj)

    an extreme conservative; an opponent of progress or liberalism

  2. reactionary, reactionist, far-right(adj)

    extremely conservative


  1. reactionary(Noun)

    One who is opposed to change.

  2. reactionary(Noun)

    One who is very conservative.

  3. reactionary(Adjective)

    Opposed to change; urging a return to a previous state.

  4. reactionary(Adjective)

    Very conservative.

  5. Origin: From réactionnaire. Used in the time of the French revolution to refer to a person opposing the revolution; as in a person favoring a reaction to the revolution. First known usage in English in a translation of Lazare Carnot's letter on the Conspiracy of the 18th Fructidor published in London, 1799.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reactionary(adj)

    being, causing, or favoring reaction; as, reactionary movements

  2. Reactionary(noun)

    one who favors reaction, or seeks to undo political progress or revolution


  1. Reactionary

    A reactionary is a person who holds political viewpoints that favor a return to a previous state in a society. The word can also be an adjective describing such viewpoints or policies. Reactionaries are considered to be one end of a political spectrum whose opposite pole is radicalism, though reactionary ideologies may be themselves radical. While it has not been generally considered positive to be regarded as a reactionary it has been adopted as a self-description by some such as Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, Gerald Warner of Craigenmaddie and John Lukacs.

Translations for Reactionary

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(plural reˈactionaries ) (a person) opposed to change and progress or favouring a return to things as they were.

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