What does revolutionary mean?

Definitions for revolutionary
ˌrɛv əˈlu ʃəˌnɛr irev·o·lu·tion·a·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. revolutionist, revolutionary, subversive, subverteradjective

    a radical supporter of political or social revolution

  2. revolutionary, radicaladjective

    markedly new or introducing radical change

    "a revolutionary discovery"; "radical political views"

  3. rotatory, revolutionaryadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic or causing an axial or orbital turn

  4. revolutionaryadjective

    relating to or having the nature of a revolution

    "revolutionary wars"; "the Revolutionary era"

  5. revolutionaryadjective

    advocating or engaged in revolution

    "revolutionary pamphlets"; "a revolutionary junta"


  1. revolutionarynoun

    A revolutionist; a person who revolts.

    Etymology: confer révolutionnaire

  2. revolutionaryadjective

    Of or pertaining to a revolution in government; tending to, or promoting, revolution; as, revolutionary war; revolutionary measures; revolutionary agitators.

    Etymology: confer révolutionnaire

  3. revolutionaryadjective

    pertaining to something that portends of great change; overthrowing a standing mindset

    Etymology: confer révolutionnaire

  4. revolutionaryadjective

    pertaining to something that revolves

    Etymology: confer révolutionnaire

Webster Dictionary

  1. Revolutionaryadjective

    of or pertaining to a revolution in government; tending to, or promoting, revolution; as, revolutionary war; revolutionary measures; revolutionary agitators

    Etymology: [Cf. F. rvolutionnaire.]

  2. Revolutionarynoun

    a revolutionist

    Etymology: [Cf. F. rvolutionnaire.]


  1. Revolutionary

    A revolutionary is a person who either actively participates in, or advocates revolution. Also, when used as an adjective, the term revolutionary refers to something that has a major, sudden impact on society or on some aspect of human endeavor.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. revolutionary

    Tending or pertaining to a revolution in government; as, a revolutionary war.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'revolutionary' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3856

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'revolutionary' in Adjectives Frequency: #517

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of revolutionary in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of revolutionary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of revolutionary in a Sentence

  1. Jason Healey:

    The Obama administration is now the policy of United States to shoot back to deter( an) adversary's cyber operations. If we could get into their network, we could destroy their computers. We could take down the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps network affecting the banks.

  2. Swatch CEO Nick Hayek:

    Whoever brings a battery for a smartwatch to the market that you don't need to charge for six months has a competitive advantage, we're working intensively on this problem with our research group Belenos and battery producer Renata. Next year we will come to the market with a revolutionary battery, not only for watches but also for automobiles.

  3. 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.

  4. Jonathan Feng:

    If true, it’s revolutionary, for decades, we’ve known of four fundamental forces: gravitation, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces. If confirmed by further experiments, this discovery of a possible fifth force would completely change our understanding of the universe, with consequences for the unification of forces and dark matter.

  5. Moncef Marzouki:

    There is a real danger of power being in one party's hands, This fight is clear between the revolutionary forces and the old regime.

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    easily diffused or spread as from one person to another
    • A. tacky
    • B. occlusive
    • C. extroversive
    • D. contagious

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