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maximalist Syllabification: max·i·mal·ist
Pronunciation: /ˈmaksəmələst/

Definition of maximalist in English:


(Especially in politics) a person who holds extreme views and is not prepared to compromise.
Example sentences
  • As the referendum approached, longstanding splits between the minimalists and maximalists within the republican movement became significant.
  • Despite the urging of the maximalists, Ireland never became directly involved with the Nonaligned Movement, nor did it develop particularly close relations with the other European neutrals.
  • Territorial maximalists are pushing hard for an ‘encirclement fence.’


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Of or denoting an extreme opinion: if we demand only maximalist ends, we will get nothing
More example sentences
  • I wanted to make a minimalist and maximalist record at the same time - so I did.
  • But those details will tell us a lot about whether we're pursuing a minimalist or maximalist plan.
  • The point is that the people who are really worth listening to aren't making absolute or maximalist statements or predictions.


Pronunciation: /-ˌizəm/
Example sentences
  • Nationalist maximalism, remember, is a rhetorical mode of politics that precludes real political progress by narrowing the range possibilities to the most fervently wished for, if unattainable, national goals.
  • It's maximalism in the extreme - and with barely time to breathe between brass charts, peals of synthesizer, elaborate string parts, and big three-part harmonies, it's easy to get lost in the labyrinthine arrangements.
  • The project is based primarily on improvisation and utilising ‘found sounds' and explores aspects of both minimalism and maximalism.


Early 20th century: from maximal, on the pattern of Russian maksimalist.

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