What does Reactionary mean?

Definitions for Reactionaryriˈæk ʃəˌnɛr i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Reactionary.

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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reactionary in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reactionary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Aneurin Bevan:

    Reactionary: A man walking backwards with his face to the future.

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    A reactionary revolution is nothing but a high-speed evolution backwards!

  3. Marshal Tito:

    Any movement in history which attempts to perpetuate itself, becomes reactionary.

  4. Arist Merdeka Sirait:

    At the moment this is more like firefighting and reactionary, people need to be educated.

  5. Evelyn Waugh:

    An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.

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