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.

  2. revolutionaryadjective

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

  3. revolutionaryadjective

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

  4. revolutionaryadjective

    pertaining to something that revolves

  5. Etymology: confer révolutionnaire


  1. revolutionary

    Revolutionary refers to something that involves or brings about a significant or dramatic change. It may also pertain to ideas, actions, or people that advocate for or are involved in bringing about political or social revolutions. Revolutionary can describe inventions or methods that change the way things are done in a profound way. Additionally, it is used to label someone who supports or participates in a revolution.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Revolutionaryadjective

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

  2. Revolutionarynoun

    a revolutionist

  3. 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. Robert Jordan:

    The backdrop of animosity and of proxy wars has been getting more dramatic, we need to make it clear that we’re not simply singing ‘Kumbayah’ with Iran and that we still see them as a revolutionary state.

  2. Mohammad Hadi Marashi:

    A (paramilitary) Basij base in Nik Shahr came under ... fire this morning and several from the Revolutionary Guards communications personnel who were wiring the base were hit, five of the Guards personnel were wounded and one was martyred.

  3. Nicola Fox:

    We've been inside the orbit of Mercury and done amazing things, but until you go and touch the sun, you can't answer these questions, why has it taken us 60 years ? The materials didn't exist to allow us to do it. We had to make a heat shield, and we love it. Something that can withstand the extreme hot and cold temperature shifts of its 24 orbits is revolutionary.

  4. Patrick Van Eecke:

    It's a gradual and not a revolutionary kind of thing ... However for many companies it was a huge wakeup call because they never did their homework. They never took the data protection directive seriously.

  5. President Nicolas Maduro:

    We're facing a large-scale crisis that is going to generate a power struggle between two poles: the patriots and the anti-patriots, a conflict which is going to create big tensions ... It's a counter-revolutionary crisis.

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