Definitions for Reactionaryriˈæk ʃəˌnɛr i
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reactionary, ultraconservative, extreme right-winger(adj)
an extreme conservative; an opponent of progress or liberalism
reactionary, reactionist, far-right(adj)
One who is opposed to change.
One who is very conservative.
Opposed to change; urging a return to a previous state.
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.
being, causing, or favoring reaction; as, reactionary movements
one who favors reaction, or seeks to undo political progress or revolution
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.
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Reactionary: A man walking backwards with his face to the future.
A reactionary revolution is nothing but a high-speed evolution backwards!
Any movement in history which attempts to perpetuate itself, becomes reactionary.
An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.
The continuous war between the reactionary and the progressive forces determine the degree of mankind's happiness.
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- reaccionariCatalan, Valencian
- Reaktionärin, ReaktionärGerman
- afturhaldssamur, afturhaldsseggurIcelandic
- codino, codina, reazionarioItalian
- reakcjonistyczny, reakcyjny, reakcjonistaPolish
- реакционерка, реакционер, реакционныйRussian
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