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

Definition of reactionary in English:


(Of a person or a set of views) opposing political or social liberalization or reform.
Example sentences
  • 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.
traditionalist, conventional, old-fashioned, unprogressive

noun (plural reactionaries)

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A reactionary person.
Example sentences
  • The lesson of the story was that from a long-term point of view, all reactionaries are paper tigers.
  • He is an opportunist and a power hungry reactionary, I don't even see him ‘liberalising’ the economy.
  • No mere reactionary, Schwartz was also interested in and informed about contemporary art that might look very different from his own.

Words that rhyme with reactionary

coronary • expansionary

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