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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- reaccionariCatalan, Valencian
- Reaktionärin, ReaktionärGerman
- afturhaldssamur, afturhaldsseggurIcelandic
- codino, codina, reazionarioItalian
- reakcjonistyczny, reakcyjny, reakcjonistaPolish
- реакционерка, реакционер, реакционныйRussian
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