What does reactionary mean?

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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

Wiktionary

  1. reactionary(Noun)

    One who is opposed to change.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. reactionary(Noun)

    One who is very conservative.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. reactionary(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: 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.

  4. reactionary(Adjective)

    Very conservative.

    Etymology: 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

Freebase

  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.

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Numerology

  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

Examples of reactionary in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Thrasher:

    Traders are very reactionary to Supreme Court news that could impact the balance sheet of online retailers, right now all online retailers and tech stocks are getting thrown out with the bath water, so to speak, before we truly understand the implications (of the ruling).

  2. Maryam Rajavi:

    From the outset we have rejected this reactionary and bellicose policy and seek amicable relations with the rest of our neighbors to confront this regime, the Islamic revolutionary Guard Corps must be designated as a foreign terrorist group and evicted from the region. More sanctions need to be imposed on the regime. the Iranian people long for freedom and democracy, equality, and an advanced society. Moreover the Iranian people demand an overthrow of this regime, she said. Rajavi has called on international organizations to expel Iran because of its support of terrorism, restore sanctions on some officials and start war crimes prosecutions for those that she says are responsible for massacring civilians. Iran, however considers the N.C.R.I a terrorist organization, a claim the group rejects. The N.C.R.I says the regime has executed more than 120,000 of its followers who oppose the regime. Mrs. Rajavi alluded to America’s July 4th Independence Day, and the rights secured in the Declaration of Independence.

  3. Arist Merdeka Sirait:

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

  4. Jonathan Drezner:

    We’ve mostly been reactionary in terms of our preparations, it should n’t be that a kid has to die for Little Rock to be prepared.

  5. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.

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