Definition of centrist in English:


Syllabification: cen·trist
Pronunciation: /ˈsentrist


  • Having moderate political views or policies.
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    • He's also the new head of the Democratic Leadership Council, which advocates centrist policies to the Democratic Party.
    • However, the government followed right-wing, not centrist policies for the next three years.
    • We're back to cautious centrist policies and electoral lists.


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  • A person who holds moderate political views.
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    • But the fact that the Christian Democrats and the centrists managed to put something like that together in such a short time was very important.
    • So maybe gay political moderates and centrists should have their own Millennial March on Washington for faith and family, after all.
    • The bitterness in her voice was clear, because, as one of the National Party's centrists, she knows that this is a good policy.



Pronunciation: /-ˌtrizəm/
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  • These efforts are often touted as examples of the breakthroughs that can be achieved in a deliberative democratic context, by respecting local knowledge and promoting solutions that represent a new ‘radical centrism.’
  • His centrism makes it hard for him to ignite the party's base, but that same positioning could be a big general election plus, something victory-starved Democrats covet.
  • There are other ways to look at this, and it's true that none are a resounding victory for the far left, but it was a triumph for centrism and moderation.


late 19th century: from French centriste, from Latin centrum (see center).

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