Reactionary meaning

rē-ăk'shə-nĕr'ē
Of, characterized by, or advocating reaction, esp. in politics.
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A reactionary person; advocate of reaction, esp. in politics.
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Opposed to change; urging a return to a previous state.
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(chemistry) Of, pertaining to, participating in or inducing a chemical reaction.
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One who is opposed to change.
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Reactionary is defined as opposed to big changes, or having an ultraconservative viewpoint.

An example of a reactionary view is the desire to stop federal funding for birth control.

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Characterized by reaction, especially opposition to progress or liberalism; extremely conservative.
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An opponent of progress or liberalism; an extreme conservative.
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One who is very conservative.
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The definition of a reactionary is an ultraconservative person.

An example of a reactionary is a person who believes in no federal funding for health care.

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Origin of reactionary

  • From French 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.
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