Definition of right wing in English:

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right wing

Pronunciation: /ˈˌrīt ˈˌwiNG/

noun

(the right wing)
1The conservative or reactionary section of a political party or system.
With reference to the National Assembly in France (1789–91), where the nobles sat to the president's right and the commons to the left
Example sentences
  • The real reason, of course, was the opposition from the radical right wing of the Republican Party.
  • The book is innovative and does much to explain the development of a radical right wing in Polish political life during the twentieth century.
  • The political coup by the radical right wing has already begun to provoke a political response from below.
2The right side of a team on the field in soccer, rugby, and field hockey.
Example sentences
  • It was a needlessly conceded free-kick out on the right wing, and as it was sent in across the edge of the six-yard box, the Milan players were queuing up to nod it home.
  • The referee awards Ukraine a free-kick out on the right wing.
  • Portugal win a free-kick on the right wing which is lobbed straight into Nikopolidis's air-space.
2.1The right side of an army.
Example sentences
  • He ordered his archers to ready their bows as the right wing of the Chin army came within range.
  • Only the right wing of the Hanoverian army, led by Maj Gen Huske and Brig Cholmondley, held.
  • In addition, military planners weakened the right wing by flirting with a double-wing envelopment.

adjective

(right-wing)
Conservative or reactionary: a right-wing Republican senator
More example sentences
  • No other country possesses so many laws against right-wing extremism as Germany.
  • Twenty years ago it was right-wing governments who took on and defeated the trade unions.
  • It was an attempt by a weakened government to placate right-wing critics in Britain.
Synonyms
conservative, rightist, right-of-center, right-leaning, ultraconservative;
reactionary, traditionalist, conventional, unprogressive;
fascist

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Syllabification: right wing

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