Definition of reactionary in English:


Syllabification: re·ac·tion·ar·y
Pronunciation: /rēˈakSHəˌnerē


  • (Of a person or a set of views) opposing political or social liberalization or reform.
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    • It is a highly political ruling with reactionary consequences for both asylum-seekers and democratic rights as a whole.
    • To make matters even worse, a Democratic president, Buchanan, gave his political support to these reactionary efforts.
    • In a professional army, the extent of deeply reactionary political sentiment is far greater.
    right-wing, conservative, rightist, ultraconservative; traditionalist, conventional, old-fashioned, unprogressive
    informal redneck

noun (plural reactionaries)

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